Policing Practices and Operations
Contemporary Issues and Futures in Criminal Justice
September 15, 2014
Police organizations traditionally respond to criminal activities and criminal acts after they have already occurred. After the crime is committed and after police officers arrive at the scene, future investigations and routine patrols are done. The police organizations are characterized in several ways; routine patrol, rapid response for service, arrests, investigations, and law enforcement sharing information. Each of these characteristics plays an important role within the policing organizations. Policing strategies and police organizations have dramatically changed throughout the years. During the 1960’s policing was a closed institution, meaning that only serious crimes were handled; crimes with murder and kidnapping victims only. In today’s American policing all crimes are handled properly and professionally, not one crime is belittled or pushed aside. Having law enforcement show they care and provide protection for their community allows the citizens to feel safe and gives them a sense of trust and appreciation towards their fellow law officials.
Policing agencies have evolved into a more structured and strong organization. Law enforcement has been able to provide protection and discipline in their communities. Policing agencies have particular characteristics which are highly important for the community. First, routine patrol, patrolling the streets of their community provides protection and unity for the citizens. Second, rapid response for service, this allows the community to feel confident about calling the local law enforcement agency and knowing they will arrive with a sense of urgency. Third, arrests, the community has to feel safe within their streets and law enforcement must put away the men and women involved in criminal activities and criminal acts. Fourth, investigations, police agencies cannot make any arrests until they provide a thorough investigation for the individual’s crime. Finally, law enforcement sharing information, once a person is investigated and arrested it becomes public record. Putting a person’s record out in public allows the community to know who their neighbors are and who can and cannot be trusted. Policing agencies must follow certain procedures in order to properly protect and serve their community. Although law enforcement has full authority to perform investigations and make arrests, the community is encouraged to get involved.
Policing organizations need help and support of their community. Policing agencies must maintain good communication within their community; this allows the local citizens to have a sense of protection and trust for their fellow law enforcement. Although community involvement is recommended, it can be a dangerous and tricky matter. A few community members feel the need to take the law into their own hands. About 20% of United States citizens hold a good amount of rage and anger inside them after a loved one dies, or is molested, or is in any form of danger caused by a criminal, so instead of calling local police officers these people tend to seek revenge and commit harm to the people responsible for their pain and misery. This is not necessarily the form of help and support the policing organization needs. Law enforcement agencies need the public to inform them of any danger and crime going on in their city, the public needs the officers to handle the crime and protect them as needed. Communication must also be a key issue within the law enforcement agencies. The men and women employed with law enforcement must maintain in constant communication and supervision to keep each other safe and out of any deadly danger. Crime is a 24-hour job and criminal do not stop or worry about the danger they put other people in, especially law enforcement. With that in mind, police officers, detective agents, court...
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