The ideologies and methodologies used in policing have changed over the years.docx

The ideologies and methodologies used in policing have changed over the years.docx

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The ideologies and methodologies used in policing have changed over the years. From the early 1800s to the 1980s, the primary methods of policing were patrol and criminal investigation. Uniformed police made rounds on the streets to avert crime, to intersect crimes in progress, and to apprehend lawbreakers. Whatever crimes patrol officers did not prevent, detectives attempted to solve by questioning suspects, victims, and witnesses. In the 1990s, officers changed their traditional crime fighting tactics into more community-based tactics-community policing. Community policing in laymen’s terms is a strategy in which members of the community cooperates with police officers to help solve and deter crimes. Instead of being reactive (investigating calls, making arrests, and writing citations), officers utilize a more proactive approach, identifying and targeting problems and implementing solutions. Community policing consists of two complementary core components, community partnership and problem solving. To acquire community partnership, police must develop optimistic
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