The Future of Policing: A Strategic Managment Initiative

Terrance A. Johnson, Lincoln University

This paper looks at whether the culture and subcultures of policing prevents management from changing the vocation for the future. A chronicled story of law enforcement's history and structure is examined to see how the profession continues to foster the idea of being isolated from the public. This includes the focus on training police officers for violent confrontations with the public in a closed environment. Moreover, the repeated theme that it is "we vs. them" and the need to be ready for the big altercation shows that this belief is still present and works against the idea of community policing. Evidence is presented, in this regard, at a conference that talked about long range planning for an outright assault response to civil disobedience.

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