I was thinking about the NYC gun situation, what with a former mayor running for Prez... NYC has done an admirable job of reducing crime, but I do not believe their anti-citizens-with-guns success will export well. I did some quick research and here's what I found:
- There is 1 NYPD officer for every 228 people who live or work in the city. There are 119 NYPD officers for EVERY SQUARE MILE of NYC land area!
- In Detroit (just to pick a rough big city) there is one police officer for every 1300 in population at a density of just 1.06 officers per square mile.
- Therefore, the PPM (Police Per square Mile) is 119 times higher in NYC than in Detroit. There are almost 3 times as many NYPD as there are cabs in NYC. Detroit would need more than 460,000 officers to match that.
I'm not saying that it would easy with that many police in such a small land area, but it has to help. Draw your own conclusions, I just thought it was interesting.