|Sir Robert Peel|
Police reform is essential, and i don't think you will find any police officer deny that. For example, the development of technology has provided the police with more sophisticated methods of detection, which has then been matched with even more sophisticated methods of committing crime...and this forms the basis of the never ending battle by the police to find themselves one step ahead of the criminal. The changing political climate, civil liberties breakthroughs, and changing expectations from the public are all good reasons to reform...but they must be undertaken with a keen eye on our policing principles.
I am no criminologist, and have no intention of attempting to put the complex issue of police reform to bed in one blog post. I do, however, want to start a discussion by looking at 3 theories.
- Fathers of Policing (initial principles)
- Patrol Experiments
- Broken Windows Theory