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# The proposal to hire ten new police officers in Middletown

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The proposal to hire ten new police officers in Middletown is quite foolish. There is sufficient funding to pay the salaries of the new officers, but not the salaries of additional court and prison employees to process the increased caseload of arrests and convictions that new officers usually generate.

Which of the following, if true, will most seriously weaken the conclusion drawn above?

(A) Studies have shown that an increase in a cityâ€™s police force does not necessarily reduce crime.
(B) When one major city increased its police force by 19 percent last year, there were 40 percent more arrests and 13 percent more convictions.
(C) If funding for the new police officersâ€™ salaries is approved, support for other city services will have to be reduced during the next fiscal year.
(D) In most United States cities, not all arrests result in convictions, and not all convictions result in prison terms.
(E) Middletownâ€™s ratio of police officers to citizens has reached a level at which an increase in the number of officers will have a deterrent effect on crime.
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20 Aug 2006, 06:16
(B) actually supports the arguement
(C) other city services - out of scope
(D) neither support or weaken

Choose (E) because it indicates that more police will not generate more arrests and convictions, so no additional funding is required for prison and court employees.
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20 Aug 2006, 07:09
Clearly E
More police results in less crime.
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20 Aug 2006, 10:51
OG question --- E is the OA...
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20 Aug 2006, 13:07
E...yeah I recognized from OG as well.
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20 Aug 2006, 14:44
I remember this one from OG.

This is E. As per E, more officers means less crime and hence less cost of courts etc..... so the proposal to hire ten new police officers is good.
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20 Aug 2006, 20:00
yes . OA is (E).
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09 Jan 2007, 14:59
I would like to renew this discussion.

The passage makes a statement that an increase in police officers will result in an increase in court and prison expenses.

Conclusion:More Police officers -> More expenses

The OA for the question is E. While E is a logical argument, I dont think it weakens the conclusion of the passage.

We need to find an answer that weakens the conclusion. I think E is a classic heart-string decoy.

IMHO, D is a better answer.

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09 Jan 2007, 15:47
The question asks us to find the question that â€œmost seriously weakens the conclusion.â€
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09 Jan 2007, 20:59
E attacks directly the issue that, the more police officers, the more court and prison employees needed. If crime is deterred, we can safely infer that no more additional employees will be necessary.
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10 Jan 2007, 03:21
I would like to renew this discussion.

The passage makes a statement that an increase in police officers will result in an increase in court and prison expenses.

Conclusion:More Police officers -> More expenses

The OA for the question is E. While E is a logical argument, I dont think it weakens the conclusion of the passage.

We need to find an answer that weakens the conclusion. I think E is a classic heart-string decoy.

IMHO, D is a better answer.

E is the answer because, the higher number of police officers will have a deterrent effect on the crime. Deterrent effect means crimes wont be commited, and no need of further arrests, and further convictions etc. That way increase of number of police officers can reduce the number of arrests further.
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10 Jan 2007, 09:05
I see that now. Thanks everyone.
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29 Apr 2011, 09:40
E is the OA .
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