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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z 0-9

Exploring the Future of Crime, Communities & Policing

Author: Joseph A. Schafer
Organisation: Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Publish Date: 2001
Country: Global
Sector: Community
Method: Forecasting
Theme: Crime
Type: Article
Language: English
Tags: Futures, Policing, Crime, Communities

In considering the future of policing, your focus should be three-fold. First, seek to understand the trends and forces that could influence police officers, organizations, administration, and the communities you serve. Second, attempt to determine which of these trends and forces are more likely to occur. Doing this allows you to develop well-planned, proactive responses, rather than waiting for the future to arrive and rushing to react to foreseeable circumstances and situations. Third, identify the future you would like to bring to fruition. This is the pinnacle of futures studies as it allows you to exercise control over your destiny. You certainly can err or fail in your efforts to realize a preferred future. Such failure, however, can be considered akin to the cliché that it is better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all. It may be better to strive for a future that did not arrive, than to simply view the future of policing as a force outside of your control.
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