Well, with some initiatives, that's easy. You measure success by the amount of screaming, shouting and wailing produced by lefties and 'hug-a-hoodie' social workers it produces. If it's a high level, you are on to something worthwhile.
On those criteria, 'Operation Leopard' is an astounding success as it has produced Defcon 4 levels of outrage. Leading the charge is AllyF for 'Comment is Free' (a man who must surely be a contender for 'Author Image Most Likely To Scare Small Children', along with Rupa Huq...).
'Operation Leopard' is an initiative from Basildon, whereby a team of police officers supported by photographers were deployed to bring some order back to a council estate plagued by low level anti social behavior by known thugs.
Burglaries, criminal damage and car crime on the estate dropped to zero during the period. Residents were delighted.Good, no...? No:
Anyone who has talked to or worked with persistent young offenders will describe some recurring common attitudes. Anger at the world is normal, as is a sense of persecution and injustice. There is a nihilistic indifference to their own fate and a belief that, whatever they do, life will inevitably kick them in the teeth - all of which combines to make self-destructive, antisocial behaviour and criminality a no-brainer. It is just impossible to believe that any young person going through an intense experience of state harassment would emerge on the other side a more rounded, responsible individual, committed to a law-abiding future.You see, it shouldn't be used because, well, the anti social young thugs will feel that people are picking on them....
As I pointed out on the thread, the leopard is the most widespread and adaptable of all the big cats. Here's hoping its namesake quickly becomes as widespread.