Future of Policing Paper
July 13, 2012
Policing as historically been a reactive enterprise. Law enforcement efforts are focused on responding to citizen request for service. Policing at the state and local level is structured to meet the demands for service. Ideas such as community policing as well as problem oriented policing have attempted to move policing into a proactive, future-oriented process. Policing will be greatly impacted by the rapid changing cultural dynamics of our communities. The most significant trend will continue to be the utilization of technology to law enforcement manifest in nearly every aspect of policing. The technology we currently have helped solve many crimes, prevent crimes, and facilitate crimes that have yet to be committed. The quick growth of technology continues to increase the weakness and fear, giving criminals new ways to commit crimes and police new tools to stop them. As neighborhood as well as drug crimes has slowed down a new wave of crime such as terrorism, internet as well as hacker crimes as taken the fore front. The tech savvy generation that is now emerging, will become even more tech crime knowledgeable. Law enforcement agencies will be dealing with smarter criminals. As police agencies make basic changes in gathering, accessing, communicating, as well as sharing information. Police administration will be at the center of system development and management. Technology will establish a very quick changing social environment to which law enforcement officers will have to adjust. This could lead to law enforcement officers who are not accustomed with or who cannot grip technology use to have to retire before their time or be passed up for any promotions. Technology will grant essential policing methods, structure, as well as process that law enforcement will have to create, incorporate, as well as learn. The twenty-first century has put policing into a whole new...
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