Tuesday, September 20, 2005
Dunphy on New Orleans
The infamous Jack Dunphy has a few words about the mayhem, looting, and perceived attitude of unaccountability in regard to New Orleans law enforcement officers in the days following Hurricane Katrina.
It's been my experience in more than two decades as a cop that Pareto's Principle, also known as the 80/20 rule, is just as applicable in law enforcement as it is in business. Put simply, 80 percent of the heavy lifting in police work is performed by 20 percent of the cops. When the danger is greatest, these are the ones who will be closest to it, while the others are directing traffic safely away from the action. The cops you saw risking their lives on television last week were New Orleans's 20 percent. As for the ones who stayed home, the others were better off without them.