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Standard Model Of Policing

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Within the last three decades or so, American policing has made great strides and has seen significant changes in both it’s practice and thinking. The study and interpretation of current practices, new theories and perspectives on policing, in combination with the worlds technological advancements have all brought about these changes in todays policing. In fact, this past decade has proven to be the most innovative. “The following information is a brief overview of the key elements and research results for the most notable police strategies; the standard model of policing, community policing, broken windows policing, hot spots policing, Compstat, and problem-oriented policing” (Santos, 2005). In today’s social climate with it’s ever present…show more content…
Although the standard model of policing strategy now over 60 years old, it still continues to push much of our current police activity today. It’s called the “standard model” for a reason, it’s without a doubt what its name implies, setting the standard for policing across our country. “The standard model of policing encompasses strategies that come to mind when the average person thinks about what police are supposed to do” (Santos, 2005). Characteristically, the strategies of the standard model of policing include the following: rapid response to emergency calls for service in hopes of catching offenders in the process and creating the sense that police can be present anywhere at anytime; randomized motor patrol across communities which creates the image of a “police “omnipresence” to deter crime in public place”; thirdly, “generalized investigations including follow-ups which helps to increase the solvability of crimes; and finally, general reactive arrest policies which helps deter and punish specific offenders as well as deter the general public from committing crimes” (Santos, 2005) Although in many cases these conventionally applied strategic efforts have had limited effectiveness at times, it covers a broad range of reactive approaches. However, this method has not lessened crime, it hasn’t completely eradicated…show more content…
signify that nobody cares, which leads to greater fear of crime and a reduction of a community’s adequacy, which could possibly result in serious crimes and increased signs of incivility, repeating the cycle into a potential spiral of decay within a community. “Broken windows is more narrow in scope than the overarching community policing philosophy and fits well within the community policing context. For example, unlike the community policing philosophy, broken windows does not attempt to identify specific organizational changes in law enforcement agencies that are necessary to institutionalize these types of police interventions” (Scheider,
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