The Pros And Cons Of Proactive Policing

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Imagine a world where a crime is stopped before it is ever committed. Numerous books and movies have explored this possibility. In one popular movie, Minority Report, a future crime is “seen” before it actually occurs, and the potential offender is located, captured, and imprisoned before the offense can be perpetrated. This action would be characterized as proactive policing. Muhlhausen (2017) defines proactive policing as “getting out in front of events in the hopes of preventing crimes and working with the community to reduce crimes” (para. 1). While this may be a utopian ideal, it is captured in one of the oldest and principal focuses of policing strategies described as preventive policing. This strategy remains an essential characteristic…show more content…
It is feared that certain aspects of this type of policing can lead to the violation of civil liberties of certain citizens, especially minorities, through such law enforcement actions as stop-question-frisk and zero tolerance. Recent unfortunate events in varying states has brought this concern to light. One of these events involved a neighborhood watch citizen patrol which ended in a young black man losing his life. These types of outcomes only succeed in dividing the communities involved from each other and from their local police force. Justice can only be served by proactive policing if it is applied without prejudice or bias. And it is only effective if it serves to unite communities and law enforcement agencies in their desire to prevent…show more content…
Although the word proactive doesn't appear in Scripture, the principle is evident. Preparation is proactive. The ten virgins were instructed to be prepared for their coming bridegroom (Matthew 25, KJV). Christians are commanded to be ready for the appearing of their savior (Matthew 24:44). Jesus Himself was proactive as He became the propitiation for sin, “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world” (1 John 2:2). His sacrifice made provision not only for sinners in the past and present but also for those who commit sins in the future. The same is evident concerning the gift of the Holy Ghost. Not only was it made available for those in that time, but it was imparted for all generations to come, “For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call (Acts 2:39). Christians are to proactively obey God based on His Word and should never react based on feelings

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