The Professional Police Era

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“Community policing is the most effective mode of operation when serving the needs of a community” (Gaines & Worrall, 2012). The ways in which law enforcement agencies interact with the communities they serve play a major role in the department’s primary goal of working cooperatively with citizens as well as resolving issues which potentially affect the livability of their neighborhoods. Additionally, police rely on the community to report crime and provide vital information that is necessary for them to fight crime and address community concerns, and the community relies on the police to curb disorder and help in times of emergency. For these reasons, establishing and maintaining trust is paramount. While it is the job of the police to ensure …show more content…
The primary focus was on training, discipline and respect. While this era brought about much needed organization, within the departments, it also segregated the police from the public, thereby, eliminating positive contact which caused a reduction in the services that were previously provided to the public. With emphasis on selection, promotion, and training standards, the Professional Police Era has influenced our modern police departments by bringing in a level of professionalism that portrays discipline, organization and commands respect. Modern policing ….The following changes, though difficult should be …show more content…
Therefore, potential problems like hiring, firing management and training should be the primary focus of the FPD. This is ingrained within the department. Supervision is linked to responsibility because managers are responsible for accomplishing certain results and must achieve the organization’s goals. Since the current supervision is insufficiently trained and lacks skills in the areas for which they are in charge, improving officer supervision at the FPD will require a change in leadership. It is clear that the focus is on productivity without any on the individual officers or how they interact with the public. Officers are not evaluated based on performance but productivity. Subsequently, if the organizational culture does not change, officer supervision will not

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