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Serious Police Issues through the Years
A review and discussion on serious law enforcement issues in the 1950, 2011 and fifty years in the future.
# 153137 | 1,221 words | 5 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on May 03, 2013 in Hot Topics (Terror and 9/11) , Criminology (General)

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The paper describes the 1950s issue of a justified fear of organized crime and of corruption within police departments, and looks at was done to combat the problem. The paper then turns to the present, 2011, and relates that according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), one of the biggest problems facing law enforcement in the United States today is budget cuts that have caused departments to lay off officers and also eliminate prevention and education programs. The paper addresses another contemporary issue for law enforcement that is the persistent and seemingly unstoppable street gang problem, and looks at what has been done to combat both of these problems. Finally, the paper considers the law enforcement issues fifty years from now and how they will be addressed.

The Past - 1950s
What was Done to Combat the Problem?
Present - 2011
What is Being Done to Combat these Problems?

From the Paper:

"In the 1950s there was a fear - well justified - of organized crime and of corruption within police departments. According to a book by John S. Dempsey and Linda S. Forst, the evidence of organizations turning to crime was so blatant that the U.S. Senate created the "Crime Committee" that was chaired by Estes Kefauver. The committee held televised hearings in the 1950s - a novel event at that time - and those hearings "led to the discovery of a nationwide network or organized crime" (Dempsey, et al, 2009, p. 21). The syndicate called "the Mafia" or the "Cosa Nostra" was found to have "many law enforcement officers...on the syndicate's payroll," Dempsey explains on page 22.
"The public was "shocked" at the level of corruption that was rooted out. Dempsey quotes from a report by David R. Johnson: "The 1950s marked a turning point in the history of professionalism. Following major scandals, reformers came to power across the nation." The middle class was "enraged" and so political leaders had no choice but to try and reform the system.
"Meanwhile in Life Magazine, September 9, 1957, the feature story was called "Crime In The U.S." Written by Robert Wallace, the article begins by asserting that in the fall of 1957, the country was "threatened" by a "catastrophic wave of crime" (Wallace, 1957, p. 47)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Dempsey, John S., and Forst, Linda S. (2009). An Introduction to Policing. Florence, KY: Cengage Learning.
  • FBI. (2009). The Gang Threat: Get Educated. Retrieved February 1, 2011, from
  • FBI. (2010). FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin. Retrieved February 1, 2011, from
  • Schmidt, Linda. (2008). Words of Advice From an Expert on Street Gangs. The FBI. Retrieved February 1, 2011, from
  • Wallace, Robert. (1957). Crime in the U.S. Life Magazine. Retrieved February 1, 2011, fromGoogle Books, Life, September 9, 1957.

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