Past, Present and Future of Law Enforcement
To be an effective police/law enforcement officer, one must understand where we (law enforcement) has been, where society believes we are and what the heck is going to happen in the future. Unfortunately the future is much more depressing than in the past. Society is getting more liberal with how the Constitution is viewed and applied towards suspects. The author posits that not to far into the distant future officers will need probable cause to make a consenual contact. But connecting the dots is important because it provides clarity, and understanding to a profession that once was considered a volunteer job in which the primary ...view middle of the document...
This new bred of police officer is causing problems for a variety of reasons. The most important and influential characteristic is the lack of loyality to any department or organization. The author contends although the “brotherhood” is present departments are “stealing” away officers for a price and more importantly officers are looking to leave departments.
Future trends and eras are just that, the future, no one knows the future, but speculations being what it is, I suggest the next era will have more to do with intelligence led policing, or data driven policing. The reason is quite simple, departments do not have as much dedicated/allocated resources to provide “general” patrol to the levels they did five years ago. Departments will be dusting off the fabled Kansas City Experiments and revisiting those topics. To maximize effective deployment of officers and protect the community.
Matt Stiehm was born and raised in Minnesota. He received an Educational Doctorate from Argosy University, where the focus of his research dealt with campus safety and security. He has a Masters Degree of Criminal Justice from Central Missouri State University, with his final paper focused on the investigation of child abuse and finally a Bachelors of Science from Wayne State College, Nebraska. He has served as a police officer in three states (CA, MN and NE), he keeps current on law enforcement trends. He currently is a member of ILEETA, MN Infragard, FBI LEEDS, an Associate Member of the IACP and the Midwestern Criminal Justice Association. He currently volunteers with the Minnesota State Office of Justice Programs to work on the 2012 crime victims conference in May of 2012, Minnesota Hockey P and P Committee, and serves as an active member of the Law Enforcement Family Support Network serving as the Vice President. He has worked at colleges where he served as the Program Coordinator in Law Enforcement, Assistant Dean and is currently the Chair of the School of Criminal Justice. He has instructed police officers and other professionals in the areas of; peace officer rights, child abuse, use of force, leadership and interviewing for continuing education credit. He is recognized as an expert in tribal law enforcement where he focused on the disparity of Native American Officers versus Non Native Officers serving tribal land; he also focused on general training issues in Indian Country Law Enforcement. He has presented to government boards on the topic of accreditation and law enforcement education/training. Matt has attended and received instructor...