The Era Of Policing : The Political Era, Reform Era And The Community Era

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Provide brief explanations of the major advantages and disadvantages of each of the three policing eras identified.
In this module, we have discussed a few eras of policing: The political era, reform era, and the community era. Throughout Canadian history each of them have their place, and pro’s and con’s to each. Before I get into these benefits and disadvantages, I want to provide a brief history of each:
The first era I want to address is the political era. This era of policing (1840–1930) was characterized by police officers seeking an intimate relationship with the community and politics greatly influencing the police and how they went about their practices. The police had limited access to technology during this time, so much of their time was spent walking beats, which encouraged police to interact with the community. During this era, the police provided an assortment of services to the public, including social service. For example, police were known to have run soup kitchens and to have provided beds to the homeless. Sounds good, right? No, the issue with this era was that the police were held accountable to politicians and the law. The clear issue with policing during this time was the influence they had on society. This allowed for corruption in the police through politics. At that time, crime conveyed a feeling of intimidation and fear in the community, the police could openly harass citizens because of how much of a hold political personnel had on law…

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