De-policing is an Americanism for a police industrial action strategy of a work place slowdown. A slowdown is an industrial action in which employees perform their duties but seek to reduce productivity or efficiency in their performance of these duties. A slowdown may be used as either a prelude or an alternative to a strike, as it is seen as less disruptive as well as less risky and costly for workers and their union.
De-policing represents a de-facto police strike, where the police withdraw an aspect of their crime prevention services. It is a practical police protest at perceived political interference in their day-to-day task of policing.
- Riot Ideology and De-Policing by Walter E. Williams.
- Racial profiling is confirmed: Police face new rules on ticketing by Bill Dedman.
- "De-policing" may be the response to racial profiling study, by J.R. Labbe. Star-Telegram, 08/06/2001