Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Officer Friendly Precinct

This is the front of the Sixth Precinct in Detroit, Michigan, where on January 24, a lone assailant came in and started shooting, wounding four police officers. It is a low building in civil-service brick, in deference to the cash-strapped taxpayers of Detroit. The pillars are there to remind us that this is a Hall of Government.

The huge window and open entrance convey that law enforcement is for the community; that it is transparent; that you may come in and make your concerns known. The big window serves to also to show the officers within what community they are connected to; what prevailing conditions are. It is a no-barrier. The glass is not even bullet-resistant.

Well, that's not going to work in the world we have now.


Anonymous said...

It, unfortunately, is going to have to work. We can't have more and more barriers between us and the public. Maybe, really, that's been the problem all along. Or at least part of it.

Bob G. said...

That was a tragic event to be sure.
And yes, it should remind us about a great many things about our current society.

As is often the case, people wake up AFTER something like this occurs.

You'd think we were better able to see this coming LONG before it ever arrives.

Excellent post.

Ann T. said...

Dear Lt.,
Yes, I'm afraid a huge anger is masquerading poorly behind my architecture commentary.

The sergeant who was wearing her vest is okay. but then one officer was shot in the head--and another in critical for two wounds (as I'm sure you know).

It scares me for all your profession. For those of you who keep trying to dismantle the barriers--honor to you. I will keep trying on my side, too.

Ann T.

Ann T. said...

Dear Bob,
They are saying the reception desk/sergeant's desk/whatever we should call it--is below and doesn't give a good vantage point in that precinct.

Maybe we can combine some openness with some better tactical architecture. But still, that damn barn door.

Thanks for writing in,
Ann T.

Momma Fargo said...

Doesn't it stink that society is like that? Our precinct is bullet proof, full of cement brick, yet still vulnerable to anyone that wants to be a creep.

Ann T. said...

Dear Momma Fargo,
Yes, it stinks wide!

I also think the public needs to pay for shields in cop-car doors. I understand they are optional to purchase. I am not for an option there, or indeed anywhere, in new purchases for police departments.

And I'm thinkin' retrofit.

Thanks for writing in!
Ann T.

The Observer said...

Ann T:

We've just opened a new patrol station (in Metro) and are starting a new one (in South). It would be interesting to see how these new stations do it.

It does need to be the right balance between safety and openness.

Here is a difference between fire and police: Fire does not generally come into the station and try to burn the fire fighters.

The Observer

Anonymous said...

The Observer said in 23 words what it took me two posts to say. Bravo.

Ann T. said...

Dear The Observer,
You heard what the Lt. said!

Ann T.

Ann T. said...

Dear Lt.,
Yes, I always admire that when it happens!

Can't wait to read your second post though.

Ann T.