Assignment #2 – Policing a Modern Society
Traditionally, policing has proven to have its limits. The arrests did not deter criminals, there was no impact on the crime rate, and policing was a very reactive practise. Obviously, something needed to change. With policing a modern society, there are a number of different techniques that can be displayed, and prove to be beneficial. However; in this essay I will attempt to showcase two very important, and alike styles; Problem oriented policing, and community policing. Each have very important aspects, require some sort of community involvement, and will keep police agencies accountable.
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A good example of the use of problem oriented policing would be with street racers, along Parkside drive, Lethbridge, Alta. If they are constantly racing up and down a busy street, a method of deterrence next time may be to have cars patrolling the area more frequently. Perhaps, even go as far as placing speed bumps, periodically, down the road.
Community policing is a strategy used in achieving a certain level of crime control, reducing the fear of crime, improved quality of life, and keeping police accountable through a proactive agreement with the community. Community policing has one central goal and that is to reduce the fear of crime by essentially reducing crime. The only way that this can be accomplished is by involving the community, via, some arrangement of partnership. Community policing relies very much on the value of input brought forth by the citizens. However, unsurprisingly, a huge disadvantage would be that this principle is so dependent on the participation of the community.
With this type of policing, the emphasis is more on benefitting the community, and gaining an active relationship with it as well. Patrolling on foot, or horse, or even walking the beat gives officers a superb opportunity to talk to...