WDEL Blog: Allan Loudell

"Jump-out squads" (by another name) the answer for the City of Wilmington?

In perhaps the worst-kept secret of the new city administration, Wilmington's new Police Chief Christine Dunning confirms so-called "Jump-out squads" will return, albeit by another name, and their use won't be indiscriminate.

The police chief gave a presumably more in-depth briefing to Wilmington City Council members meeting in executive session behind closed doors, although Councilman Michael Brown Senior appears to have invoked that executive session without the required formal vote.

Certainly, Jump-out squads are no panacea, but it'll be interesting to see if they have a discernable impact in curbing the city's gun violence. (Although they risk some bloody confrontations, which may account for why the Fraternal Order of Police awaits details.)

They also could just have the effect of Whac-A-Mole, just shifting the violence to other neighborhoods.

Posted at 7:12am on February 13, 2013 by Allan Loudell

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Wed, Feb 13, 2013 2:17pm
Yes, as one of Delaware's best bloggers just posted, they should be called... "Citizen's Response Team."

Wed, Feb 13, 2013 11:10pm
More on the Citizen's Response Team, formerly known as "Jump-Out Squads."

I believe Jump-Out Squads was termed in a press conference by either an early Baker appointee, or one of Sills. The name is amateurish and doesn't reflect their purpose. Citizen's Response Team lets everyone know a citizen called in to report a gathering and the police are responding allegedly to that call.

Jump-Out Squad sounds intimidating and although that may be good to scare criminals (it doesn't), it also points out the reality that residents are powerless as well. They are powerless against the criminals; they are powerless against the justice system.

Both Williams and Dunning know this.

The idea that needs to be conveyed and a Citizens Response Team does it well, is that neighbors are policing the community themselves. The police are an arm of the neighborhood, and not an oppressive power that everyone sighs relief over when they move on to the next street.

Most likely the name "Jump-Out Squad" will remain the term. But as an official name, and to convey that the police are not oppressors but the effective arm called in by those residents on that street, the name "Citizen's Response Team" CRT's does nicely.

I can remember back during the war in Bosnia when we were working with the Russians in joint exercises. They were so impressed that we could be on the ground and call in an airstrike or helicopter that could be there in minutes to take out a structure.

Imagine if little old ladies peeking down through chiffon curtains on the second floor row home, could do the same?

Thu, Feb 14, 2013 8:11pm
Jump-out sounds good to me!

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