This is another link which IMO could use some adjustment. I’m playing as the U.K., and greatly stepped up gambling for some extra GDP. This created an organized crime crisis. So far this makes sense, we all know criminals use casinos to “win” lots of money which they brought in a duffel bag to begin with.
I responded with a couple other measures first, legalizing cannabis and sex work, implementing a wire tapping program, and it wasn’t enough. So I decided I was done messing around and armed the police.
I had expected that specialists would be enough, but I found that at low levels this policy has very little effect on organized crime. This is one policy I would expect to have a strong effect simply by existing, and not change as much as it is strengthened. The gangs might be able to get rid of the initial cop by showing their guns. But if the kinder, gentler cop has a radio, and can call some not so kind, not so gentle cops over, that should be enough to get the job done. The fact that armed police exist at all should achieve most of the effect without needing arm the first police anyone meets.