11.01.2011

Futuristic Criminal Investigations-Part X

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Specializing In Forensic Child Sexual Abuse Investigations

By Lawrence W. Daly, MSc

Every aspect of law enforcement needs to be prepared for the changes that the future demands.  There needs to be an attitude by those involved and responsible for their division to be thinking outside the box. Their division must not only deal with the everyday responsibilities of managing their division, but prepare for the future creations and how this will affect their division.  In the training division there is a constant need to bring in individuals who have specialized experience which can be presented to law enforcement officials.

In the past the law enforcement training focused on two areas, officer safety and management. These two areas are seen as the necessary areas that law enforcement officials deal with currently. The futuristic aspect of the officer safety consists of the current weapons being utilized by the criminals that police officers run into on a daily basis. The weaponry which criminals use are sophisticated but environment friendly in that they are easy to carry and have power and accuracy that their ancestors did not have.

Police officers of today are faced with the reality that many of the violent habitual criminals carry firearms and knives. In the past it was not a serious problem as it is now that the criminal’s law enforcement dealt with was armed with some kind of weaponry.  The current gangs who traffic in drugs and prostitutions are capable of obtaining weaponry which is not available to the law enforcement official who has the responsibility of working the streets. It becomes a numbers game and law enforcement due to budget restrictions limits the futuristic upgrades and/or new weaponry.

There were at least 30,000 gangs and 800,000 gang members active across the USA in 2007 up from 731,500 in 2002 and 750,000 in 2004. By 1999, Hispanics accounted for 47% of all gang members, Blacks 34%, Whites 13%, and Asians 6%. This is a very powerful group of individuals. More recently which has gone unnoticed prior to the past couple of months are the “Occupied Groups.” To call them a gang at this point would seem inappropriate. The current status of these groups is that they are unorganized. If they become organized and continue with their ways, they could actually be considered a gang or gangs. In the future if these groups are allowed to flourish they will become a group of individuals who the law enforcement community will have to deal with on a daily basis.

The flash mobs that have become a problem need immediate and future attention. Futuristic law enforcement management needs to address those groups and gangs which are presently and will be in the future dangerous to the community, businesses, and then the law enforcement officer’s that have to deal with them. Futuristic ideas of how to handle these individuals need to be explored, developed and applied. Pushing and shoving these groups back and forth is an ineffective method of control and getting them to move on and cooperate. Since the current methods and techniques are antiquated the groups will continue to return and begin the process all over again. It is cyclical in nature and law enforcement needs to challenge the problem now.

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John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Law enforcement management must look to the future and deal with the inevitable. The training that is given in this area is yet to be discovered or provided to law enforcement management. The training needs to deal with manpower, safety, costs, laws and other facets of the group’s techniques, methods and modus operandi i.e. the need to create disturbances and most importantly violence. Businesses in the area of the protests are being harmed physically and financially. There is no reason a mob or group should be attacking an independent company which has done nothing to harm any of them.

In 2009, David Kennedy, director of the Center for Crime Prevention and Control at John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York, said that a lot of violence in inner cities in the United States is mislabeled as "gang violence" when in fact it involves small, informal cliques of people. This supports the theory that those who appear to be in gang’s maybe just a small or large amount of individuals who take advantage of the non-suspecting individual walking down the street and/or a store which happens to be open.

Violence is escalating and law enforcement officials need to prepare for future violence and how to deal with it. States like that of New Jersey have brought a multitude of individuals together in order to find ideas and approaches for the future in how to stop the violence which is occurring on their streets. New Jersey provided a report on how to stop the violence. Let us look at their futuristic ideology:

1.      Enforcement: Targeting gangs and gang members who engage in violence and carry guns.
2.      Prevention: Focus on giving young people the tools and resources to avoid delinquency, gangs, and criminality.
3.      Reentry: Focus on reducing the recidivism rate to improve public safety and save resources
4.      Oversight and Accountability

The State of New Jersey created this comprehensive guidelines and maps for not only law enforcement officials but for those that are a part of the community. Law enforcement cannot stop the violence on their own. It takes a strong community with individuals who have their sights set on the problem and is willing to make a difference.

The training that the future holds for officer safety and management are not the only areas in public safety that need addressing. Over the month of November it is important to isolate and evaluate those law enforcement areas that need to be refocused and build futuristic ideas which will take law enforcement into and through the 21st century. To date the child sexual abuse investigations are dealing with baggage of yesterday. They need to strive to the area of excellence, competency, and intelligence.

The media is not assisting law enforcement in stopping the violence. Just today Moveon.org put out an advertisement stating that the United States has become a police state. The reaction of this author is these groups or organizations are trying to exploit others calling their movements a class warfare i.e. the rich are getting richer and the poor poorer. If the media continues to support those who gather to physically attack those who have made money. Simply troubling!

Tomorrow, as stated above, I will continue breaking down and examining what steps are necessary to make decisions which positively will affect the manner in which policing is performed. The community knows the dangers law enforcement officials are dealing with. If control is not taken such as what we discussed today, individuals, groups, gangs and organization will be an instant threat not just in the inner cities but in the rural and suburban areas. There is a fine line for everyone to follow and laws to abide by. In order to control the mob, law enforcement must begin taking great measures to dissect those who don’t understand, are ignorant and simply violate the laws of the government. Enough is enough and the future is here, so law enforcement step forward and takes the next steps into the second decade of the 21st century.
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