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NCJ Number: 65995 Find in a Library
Title: POLICE AND FUTURE ISSUES
Author(s): B SWANTON
Corporate Author: Australian Institute of Criminology
Australia
Date Published: 1976
Page Count: 28
Sponsoring Agency: Australian Institute of Criminology
Woden Act ,2602, Australia
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: THIS PAPER, SUBMITTED TO AN AUSTRALIAN SYMPOSIUM, SPECULATES ON FUTURE TRENDS IN SOCIAL ATTITUDES AND INNOVATIONS IN POLICE IDEOLOGIES. THEY WILL BE INCREASINGLY PEOPLE- AND COMMUNITY-ORIENTED.
Abstract: THE DEVELOPMENT OF POLICING INNOVATIONS CAN BE PREDICTED. A NEW POLICE IDEOLOGY WILL CONTINUE AND EXPAND THE CURRENT TREND OF SERVING THE COMMUNITY, RATHER THAN PERFORMING POLICE FUNCTIONS STRICTLY LIMITED TO FIGHTING CRIME AND KEEPING THE PEACE. THE NEW BREED OF POLICE OFFICERS WILL ALSO BE PROFESSIONALS, WITH A WIDER RANGE OF KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS TO MEET THEIR EXACTING DUTIES. THIS HIGHER LEVEL OF EDUCATION WILL RESULT IN POLICE OFFICERS BEING PERCEIVED BY THE PUBLIC AND BY THEMSELVES AS PROFESSIONALS. THE EMERGENCE OF PROFESSIONALISM IN THE POLICE WILL STRAIN DEPARTMENTS AND UNION, EACH OF WHICH IS NECESSARY FOR EFFECTIVE POLICE OPERATION. POLICE DEPARTMENTS WILL BE OPERATED ACCORDING TO A MANAGERIAL MODEL, FOLLOWING AMERICAN PATTERNS. THE UNIONS MAY NOT BE SUFFICIENTLY FLEXIBLE TO ADAPT TO THE NEW SITUATION, AND THEY MAY SUFFER FROM INTERNAL DIVISIONS AND STRUGGLES. TO PREVENT INTERNAL DISSENSION, THE POLICE FEDERATION OF AUSTRALIA MUST FORMULATE ITS OWN PLANS FOR THE FUTURE OF THE POLICE FORCE, TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION ALL THESE CHANGES AND POSSIBILITIES, AND START WORKING TOWARD THEIR IMPLEMENTATION. FOOTNOTES AND GRAPHS ARE INCLUDED. (LGR)
Index Term(s): Australia; Future trends; Police attitudes; Police education; Police effectiveness; Police management; Police reform; Police responsibilities; Police unions; Policing innovation
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