ThePolitical Era of policing wasstarted in 1829. The first police agency that was stared opened in London,called London Metropolitan. When first opening the London Metropolitan, duringthis time police were supposed to makethe people feel safe and secure.
Duringthat Era, the rise of crime was at anall-time high. The policing during this time was protecting the community, andthe Political and their cronies. They mainly conducted a patrol of the streetsby walking and riding a bicycle. And thisera the police strength was establishing and building a healthy relationship with the community.And their weaknesses were that somepolice officers were becoming corrupted by organized crime and this had causeda heavy widespread of crime during the prohibition era.
However, in the Reform Era,1930 – 1980 the control model was made to increase the police power, during theProhibition Era. By protectingsociety from criminals by making sure things where processes smoothly to keepcriminals out of the communities. By being strict and punishing them for the crimes they havecommitted. What was once their strength becomestheir weakness. They had started in the Political Era being friendly to the community. Somehow the police started to pull backbecoming non-approachable more distant non-intimateanymore.
Their strength was technology by February 16, 1968, was the first day that we would dial 911. That was a bigstep from 1840’s police had telephones, telegraph, police call box, and theBertillon system used to identify criminals by fingerprintsand handwriting. By the time 1970 come therewere computerized, computer aids dispatch (CAD),Implemented National Crime Information Center(NCIC), and Automated Fingers PrintsIdentification System (AFIS). Theissues we are facing in today society hasalways been in existence an America.
It didn’t just start over the last15 – 20 years. One of the issues I will be discussingis criminal prosecution of police officers. I am not talking about racism I amtalking citizens’ rights.
It seems like police officers can do no wrong likethe law protects their own. (Cappitelli, 2016) mention”There appears to be a growing desire to induce criminal prosecution forofficers whose actions result in injury or death. It is difficult to do if there has always been a need for suchprosecutions, but perhaps just not the political will. Regardless, thisscrutiny is the new normal.” Cappitelli, cant said it any better. However,there is a fine line between proving your authorityand killing someone. If more police officers were arrested for their crimes.
Morepolice officers would fall in line. Thereactually would be more justice for these victims as well for the community. Thecommunity would start to have a little more faith in them to know the justicessystem is on our side. If there wasn’t so much of prosecution with Policeofficers.
People wouldn’t be taken justice into their own hands.