Police Reform : 1960s And Today 's Society

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Alyssa Compton Professor Grace Stewart CRJ 217 20 March 2016 Police Reform: 1960s and Today’s Society In the 1960s, there were a lot of riots and protests due to the civil rights movement to enrich individual’s rights and constitutional protections. Many of the police were restricted and were “handcuffed” and could not do much in order for people to have their rights. The bond between the police and minorities were quickly detached, causing racial issues and total chaos. Lyndon B. Johnson established The National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, or better known as the Kerner Commission to investigate the causes of the 1967 Detroit race riots. The police departments decided to come up with many ways to fix this problem and they…show more content…
But in 1994, Congress passed the Crime Bill, this provided law enforcement agencies to hire 10,000 new police officers who would be doing community policing, thus began the new age of community policing. Community policing is where police could bike patrol, kobans, storefront policing, and problem-oriented policing. This could reduce the number and the stereotypes both the community and the police have of each other. Although community policing is not perfect, it is still widely used today: The focus of community-oriented policing is not simply on response, but on preventing crime and resolving community problems. This philosophy rests on the belief that the police and the community must work together as partners to solve the contemporary challenges faced in today 's society. (Community Policing Philosophy) The police and community working together does show a positive impact on reducing crime and helping to reduce fear of crime. Racial profiling will always be a problem in the United States. It occurs every day, in cities and small towns across the country. Law enforcement can sometimes target people of color which can be humiliating and often frighten people especially if someone is being detained, being interrogated, or being searched without probable cause. But not all police condone to racial profiling since it
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