Future of Policing

Future of Policing

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The Future of Policing


There are so many changes that are happening in policing as compared to how things were in the past. Comparing the present situation with how things were in the last one or two generations, the police departments have become more complex. Police are working hard to ensure that they have accomplished their great mission which entails ensuring that they have prevented and reduced the crime rates. Every day, we hear about the fundamental changes that are taking place in policing and the fact is that as new generations come, new ways of operations have to be devised by the police so as to ensure that crimes are prevented from happening to the maximum(Williamson, 2008).

Although the police are working so hard to ensure that crime rates have been reduced and prevented, they also have in mind that the generation in the present is far much different with the generations that were there in the past and therefore the methods that were used in the past to prevent the crimes cannot be applied in the present and also in the future. Policing in the 21st century has changed compared to that in the past decades. The changes in the policing does not only involve finding of news ways that can be used to prevent and reduce crimes. The changes goes beyond that. They go deeper and evaluate the police’s basic mission and what people expect from them. The Future Trends in Policing is a project that was initiated in order to ask all the leaders of the police to take one step backwards and from their everyday crises and operations and consider those emerging issues that contribute to the changing of the policing. This paper will therefore discuss the three top most important trends and why these trends are important according to the text in page 502.

The top three most important trends

When examining and evaluating the possible challenges that could be encountered in the future for the purpose of law enforcement, it is very important to make a contemplation and of the existing trends. The first trend is technology whereby it has increasingly continued to dominate both the society and the economy. Technology has improved policing in the way information is gathered and has also led to the development of the intelligence. In the future say 20 years from now, technology will have taken policing to greater heights due to the discovery of new weapons(Treverton, 2011). It is also expected that crime rates will also be high due to this new technology because the criminals will have learned new ways to commit crimes using technology and more especially the cyber-criminals.

The second top most trend is that of change in the societal values. As time goes by societies also keep on growing and this growth means that both their values and culture grow whereby some cultures keep on changing. Therefore, since different communities have different cultures, this in future will bring about cultural clashes between societies which may end up resulting to hate crimes.

The third top most trend is that of mass migration which will lead to the redistribution of population in the entire world. Therefore, this will bring about new challenges in future and more especially to the western countries in terms of citizen diversity. This will therefore mean that police officers who understands and can speak different languages and at the same time understand different cultures will be needed.

These trends are very important because they help the police office and the other law administrative departments to be fully prepared for future policing since things in future will be different from the things in the present (Brown, n.d.). The trends are important because they predict what future holds and therefore they help the police officers to get the proper training so as to provide the right services. The trend about technology is very important because it predicts how in future things will be happening and there emphasizes the need for the police to be trained about technology and how to use the same technology to fulfil their future to prevent the occurrences of crimes.


Treverton, G. (2011). Moving toward the future of policing (1st ed.). Santa Monica, Calif.: RAND Corporation.

Williamson, T. (2008). The handbook of knowledge-based policing (1st ed.). Chichester, England: John Wiley & Sons.

Brown, J. The future of policing (1st ed.).