Policing Today : An Effective Strategy For Society Essay

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Introduction Policing has undergone major changes in the past century, policing has transitioned between three different eras during that time; from the political era to the reform era to the current era of community policing. Each of the eras was designed to police what believed the most effective strategy for society at the time. Each of these eras had there positive aspects and there negative aspects. Currently policing is in the community era, where police organizations are experiencing completely foreign problems. The three most important trends and issues policing is experience today are demographic changes, new technology and the changing of societal values. These problems are not new for policing; throughout the eras policing has dealt with varying degree of these problems, however, the degree which these trends and issues are changing are completely foreign. The eras of policing have different ways to address the trends and issues in policing today. To find out which era would better address these trends and issues in policing today, understanding the eras are necessary.
Political Era
The first era of policing that took place over the last century is the political era. In this era, police responded to the local politicians due to the lack of a centralized, unifying force. Being closely associated with the local politicians, the police officers performed a wide range of services to the general public, according to Kelling (1989, p. 3) some of these services…

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