Future of Policing

Future of Policing Paper
                                                  Fundamentals of Policing
November 18, 2011
Instructor: Statia Hendrix

The twenty-first century has put policing into a whole new situation, one in which the causes of crime and disorder often lie outside the immediate community, demanding new and innovative approaches from police. The focus of this paper will discuss trends that are currently affecting policing. The foreseeable critical issues that may affect the future of policing, and the changes needed to address these critical issues.
As street crimes slowly decrease, new and more insidious types of offenses has arisen, especially terrorism and internet-assisted crimes. With a rudimentary mastery of modern technology, terrorists from anywhere in the world can bring chemical and biological mayhem to any place on earth. Also, hackers and crackers around the globe can shut down a chosen community’s internet-dependent monetary or energy systems. Successful police agencies will have to adapt and change rapidly, embrace technology and analyze emerging trends in communities.
This brings us to our first trend affecting policing, hi-tech crime fighting. Hi-tech crime fighting involves the use of technology in every facet of policing, and involves intelligence-led policing. Intelligence-led policing is identification of specific criminal activities, and targeted enforcement against the highest-risk crimes or criminals to achieve overall reduction in the impact of crime in communities (Wallentine, 2009). The human element of intelligence-led policing involves an intelligence analyst. The 2001 terror attacks and subsequent terrorist efforts made police realize that they need to understand the infrastructure in communities. Such as water and food supplies, power grids, transportation systems, telecommunications and financial institutions because these are prime targets. This is where the intelligence analyst comes in, as police agencies...