The use of foot patrols on occasion by police is clearly a smart move for all involved, but not a new technique. What is now billed as 'community' policing used to be called policing. The Cityis taking a stab at foot patrols at selected times.
It's also the cat's away the mice will play theory at work. Whether its raising kids, supervising employees, running a club or trying to maintain an orderly society, if the perception exists that no one cares, bad things happen.
Now walking around doesn't solve all the world's woes but it does allow for interactions and for a closer look at what is going on. It also sets up the public as partners and not just bystanders.
This is a worthwhile initiative, and meeting an officer at a point when all Hell's not breaking loose can do nothing but good.