Public policing will be customized to the individual in the future. Policing styles may differ from neighborhood to neighborhood, depending on the different needs of the citizens. Stephens (2005) states that “many credit the return to community-oriented policing for the downward trend in street crime that began in 1994”. Community policing is effective but is often difficult with the growing population. Police departments in 2020 will have adequate personnel to complete this approach.
With this in mind the communities will work together with the police and crime rates and activity will reduce. Both officers and citizens will have a greater respect for each other due to open communication. Instead of the concept of working against each other they will be working with one another. Today’s economy is not good. The result would be that it would rise in 2020. This will allocate policing agencies a budget allowing them to obtain sufficient funds.
The funds would be delegated to providing attractive salaries to educated and experienced officers, providing adequate training, and to provide the latest technology equipment and training. A budget plays a vital role on how much a police department can provide to citizens. Technology will create a rapid change to which police will have to adapt. In 2020 technology will permit radical new policing methods, systems, and processes that police will have to envision, create, incorporate, and learn.
Yet at the same time technology will also create new opportunities for criminals and terrorists to prey on the innocent and exploit society’s vulnerabilities. Police Departments in 2020 will send there officers and IT staff to advanced technology training so that when new technology is of existence then it would not be foreign to their department. In 2020 all police units will have video cameras, computers linked to a data base which is connected to all government agencies. Police units will also have access to a GPS tracking system alarming them when an individual outside of designated area.
This will allow police to protect the communities in which these individuals reside. Also police will have access to technology allowing them to retrieve and receive adequate evidence when investigating a crime. Policing at the county level emphasizes on community-oriented policing. In the Bexar County Connection (2009), the new Sheriff was asked some questions about his approach to serving the community. Here are some of the questions asked: Q: What are your top 3 priorities as Sheriff of Bexar County?
“The safety and security of the citizens of Bexar County is my top priority, I need to ensure we have sufficient officers to respond to emergencies in a reasonable time frame”. Q: Can you elaborate on any one thing you would change (in the way we operate) to better protect the homes/businesses/residents of Bexar County? “We combined the operations of patrol and traffic in order to have more officers available for calls fro service. Our plan is to ensure that the patrol division has adequate personnel and that they are being utilized effectively. The ability to respond to emergency calls will be our top priority”.