Name and Shame. Drive-by shootings and pointless killings are now the night-time activities of increasing numbers of our youth. I wonder if it ever occurred to our Royal police force that one of the most potent tools they have in the struggle against crime is the power of public relations. I have written in the past about the need for the force to improve its public relations. But, there is another aspect. It is the power to name and shame. I have also asked in the past for there to be more naming and shaming in the future. Even if the little hooligans are not embarrassed to have their names, addresses, and names of relatives mentioned in connection with their arrest, their family members certainly will. They will bring to bear the corrective pressure they might not otherwise have exercised if they know that their names are likely to be published in such a context. Shame and scandal are powerful tools in the police cupboard. Why are they not used more effectively?
One of my readers thought that we might like to see how it works in other countries. He sent me the following link to the
What do you think?