"There are very few things that I can think of that would be more effective at destroying that sense of community," said Bruce Marlowe, an education psychology professor at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island."
Well, lets see if I can explain this to you. There is a good sense of community and a bad sense of community. Sorta like good touching and bad touching. An example of a "bad sense of community" is where gang members seek to protect each other, instead of the larger social community they live in. Another example would be where students are afraid to speak up when one of their friends is going to possible kill other members of their community. That is a misplaced sense of loyalty and community.
Unfortunately, crime stopper programs have become common place and socially acceptable, so I do not see how you can argue against having those programs in a school, when the student sees advertisements on TV for solving crimes. It would seem that you are applying a double standard between schools and the regular world and that cannot be healthy.
Though I could be possibly convinced that all crime watcher programs should be phased and students should be "taught to speak up without being offered a reward."
"Frank Farley, an educational psychology professor at Temple University in Philadelphia, said students should be taught to speak up without being offered a reward.
"This idea of surveillance -- there's something unsavory there," Farley said. "We're familiar with the history of that in the former Soviet Union and Nazi Germany." He added: "I think it's bad civics.""