Sunday, August 5, 2012

Another Priority Zone

We've had ZEPs and ZUSs, and now we have the ZSP: Zone de Sécurité Prioritaire, Hollande's answer to the "security" concern that ranks high in the minds of French voters. What will distinguish the ZSP from the ordinary, run-of-the-mill neighborhood? Something like "hot spot policing" in the US: a concentration of resources in areas where crime is more prevalent, according to the statisticians. Is this just another form of pressure from the top to faire du chiffre? It's not clear. This is not an area in which I have any expertise, but opinions about the effectiveness of the strategy where it has been tried vary. The thousand or so new cops to be hired this year will mostly go to these areas, it seems.