The ones who really benefit from the Stop Snitchin' code are the street thugs and gangsters who terrorize the good citizens of inner cities. As professional law officers we must calculate the Stop Snitchin' code into our problem-solving equation. Administrators should have the foresight to be prepared to deploy resources to protect the good citizens who come forward in dangerous investigations. Police unions should lobby for strict mandatory penalties for those who attempt to intimidate witnesses. The cop on the street should know what the detective bureau is investigating and who may be a target of retaliation.
Street thugs are making a concerted, organized effort to keep their criminal enterprises afloat under the aegis of Stop Snitchin'. Law enforcement must develop a concerted, organized response to protect the good citizens who do have the courage to step forward.