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AbstractIn order to understand comptemporary law enforcemment we should recognize the conditions that impact our profession It is agreed upon by many scholars that major changes in law enforcement occur every five years Policing is sometimes characterize like a sandbar in a river subject to being changed continuously by the currents in which it is immersed Swanson Territo and Taylor p 2 However in recent years some major changes have occurred in a shorter time periodInnovations in law enforcementDuring the past two decades I have observed major changes in the viewpoint of society towards police officers as the symbol of trust and dignity the technological advances of communication and information systems in law enforcement and the revision of selection and hiring practices for police officers Organizational change occurs both as a result of internal and external agents Swanson Territo and Taylor p 664 These changes have manifested both positive and negative reverberations in the way we perform our jobPolice officials have contemplated for years over the key to maintaining a positive image for their organization Unfortunately several incidents in the past years have altered societys perception of police in some communities Police in America are no longer strangers to innovation born of scandal Law enforcement agencies nationwide have repeatedly been shaken by controversy and forced to make undesirable concessions Has law enforcement failed to maintain the high standards required by the profession The cost of public trust is high It increases each time faith must be regainHistorically law enforcement agencies throughout the nation have experienced periods of low confidence in communities preceding episodes deemed to be a breach of trust Early pioneers in law enforcement history such as August Vollmer 1902 - 1932 Berkeley Police Department and J Edgar Hoover 1924 the Federal Bureau of Investigation made numerous advancements towards improving the professionalism of law enforcement Anderson and Newman p 119 - 120 Other attempts were made in 1956 by the International Association of Chiefs
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