Eras of Policing

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  • Different means, methods, or approaches used by law enforcement agencies to tackle issues of crime. There are three commonly acknowledged eras of policing: the political era, the professional/reform era, and the community policing era. The political era, which is generally associated with a time prior to the 20th century, refers to a period when the police was under the control of politicians. The professional/reform era makes references to a period in which the police addressed the issue of crime using technological tools, such as sophisticated emergency response systems. Other community problems were not perceived to be a part of the police's responsibilities during this period. The third era, the era of community policing, aimed to address crime as well as other community problems that may ...

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