Today's award goes to the police in Leicester, England. The BBC reports:
Hundreds of pom-poms and knitted items have been strung from trees and lampposts to help reduce the fear of crime in an area of Leicester.
Leicestershire Police hope the "guerilla knitting" or "yarn bombing" will encourage more people to use Bede Park and Great Central Way.
Some of the park's users told BBC Radio Leicester the items - including tree warmers - do not make them feel safer.
But criminologist Charlotte Bilby said they could have a positive effect.
Ms Bilby, a senior lecturer in criminology at Northumbria University, said: "I think that making an area look cosier certainly makes an area feel safer."
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Sgt Simon Barnes said: "I am really hopeful that the actions will reduce the fear of becoming a victim of crime, as the perception really is much different to the actual reported levels of crime."
There's more at the link.
So, Sergeant Barnes: you admit that 'the perception ... is much different to the actual ... levels of crime', but you go ahead anyway with trying to change the perception, rather than the crime level? I can't imagine a more cretinously stupid crime-fighting idea! It deserves not only our Doofus award, but one for a special level of police absurdity!