The New York Times printed a great story on police and the impact we have on crime. It also focused on spending for police versus the spending for incarceration. In the story Lawrence W. Sherman, an American criminologist on the faculties of the University of Maryland and Cambridge University in Britain is quoted saying “The United States today is the only country I know of that spends more on prisons than police,” . “In England and Wales, the spending on police is twice as high as on corrections. In Australia it’s more than three times higher. In Japan it’s seven times higher. Only in the United States is it lower, and only in our recent history.” The story goes on to focus on the relationship between more police on the street and lower crime rate. Here's the link to the article http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/26/nyregion/police-have-done-more-than-prisons-to-cut-crime-in-new-york.html?hp&_r=3&pagewanted=all
The NY Times article's focus matches up with a news story by Duluth's ABC station on the additional police stationed in the area of the Last Place on Earth and how their presence is making a difference. Here is that story http://www.wdio.com/article/stories/S2916418.shtml?cat=10335
So, how about cutting the Department of Corrections budget and giving that money to communities with higher crime areas to hire more police officers?