Take a position on where law enforcement is headed in the next five (5) years. Discuss what you believe the future of policing looks like and the main challenges you think law enforcement will face.

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In this course, we have been learning about the different eras of policing, from the inception of the first police force in 1829 to the current era of policing today. Based on the current climate, there is a level of distrust today between the police and the public. Riots, marches, and protests in response to high-profile police shootings have eroded the relationships that were built through community policing. With the hopes of improving police efficiency and finding new approaches to working together with the public, the country is again ready for a new era of policing.

Use the Internet and your textbook to research the different eras of policing until today. Based on the changing role and function of police officers over the years, address the questions below relative to the current state of policing and where we are headed in the future. As an optional component of this assignment for extra credit, you may also interview a law enforcement professional to get his/her explanation on this topic.

Write a three to four (3-4) page paper in which you:

  1. Examine at least (2) of the eras of policing and discuss their main strengths and weaknesses.
  2. Examine at least two (2) issues facing law enforcement today and explain the impact both of these issues have on social order.
  3. Take a position on where law enforcement is headed in the next five (5) years. Discuss what you believe the future of policing looks like and the main challenges you think law enforcement will face.
  4. Describe the role of the public in cooperation with the police, as you see it, in the near future in order to improve the relationship between these groups and to work together optimally in facing the future challenges you identified.
  5. Use at least three (3) quality resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and similar websites do not qualify as quality resources.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Distinguish the relationship of criminal justice to social justice and the wider notion of equity and fairness.
  • Summarize the mission of law enforcement in democratic societies and describe the structure of American policing today.
  • Summarize the current ethical issues faced by criminal justice professionals and future of the criminal justice system.

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Eras of Policing
Policing in the U.S. has had three periods: political, reform, and community. The
political era which ran from 1840 to 1930 entailed the police seeking an intimate relationship
with the community, (Miller, Hess, & Orthmann, 2013). The organization was decentralized,
and the primary function of the police was to provide a range of social services to the
citizenry. The tactic used was a patrol of neighborhoods on foot. The main strength of the
political era is that it satisfied the needs of the citizens and the political bosses. It was thus a
two-way era. Its main weakness was, however, widespread police corruption and brutality.
During the reform era, which lasted between 1930 and 1980, the police relationship
with the community they attended to was professionally remote. The organization was
centralized, and the primary function of the police was crime control. The tactics used was a
patrol of neighborhoods in cars, and fast response to emergency calls for services. The main
strength of this policing era is that it prevented crime by preventive automobile patrol control
coupled with quick response to calls, (Miller, Hess, & Orthmann, 2013). The main weakness
during this era was that the lack of communication with citizens fostered with community
violence and mistrust. Regardless of how police effectiveness in dealing with crime was
measured, police failed to improve their record substantially. Crimes, therefore, began to
increase during the 1970s.
During the community era, fro...

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