Sunday, April 29, 2012

Is Police Numbers A Solution For Crime Control?

A lot of the time we hear politicians clamour and campaign on police numbers. But is the number of police really a solution for lower crime? The simple answer is a henchful NO.

The truth is that modern generations tend to prune problems instead of dig it up from the root and address it. The reason is not far-fetched. Statistics and display get more and more important as more and more people opt to be disengaged from the real issues. This in turn creates overly paid jobs for the fancy people who in turn knows that no one cares so long as the statistics  are rammed into their heads.

But if we think deeper, a growing police numbers is a stark evidence of growing crime rate. The money we plough into increasing police numbers could be used for more insignificant but necessary solutions; like keeping community, sports and leisure centres alive and functioning. Improving parks and removing aesthetics in the way politicians communicate with the electorates.

In a functioning society, the people are their own 'core' police. This is reflected in the general aged model of what the police is: "a constituted body of persons empowered by the state to enforce the law, protect property, and limit civil disorder". The Oxford dictionary, defines police as;

 "... (usually the police) the civil force of a state, responsible for the prevention and detection of crime and the maintenance of public order"
Therefore, it is vividly clear that although "policing has included an array of activities in different situations, but the predominant ones are concerned with the preservation of order." (italics taken from wikipedia).

So with a functioning society, where community cohesion is strong, crime is usually low and almost absent. But with increasing individualism and almost graveyard relationship that has overtaken present society, crime is soars. Providing more and more police is like building schools and having no teachers.

Time has come for us to hear a politician wake up to the reality of life and promise a cut in police number as a cut to crime through an increase in community cohesion, interaction and support. The more mechanical we make our society - although acclaimed as technological advancement, modernization or privacy - the less happiness we create which in turn, encourage crime.

Perhaps, the money invested in crime prevention could go a long way in prevention crime proper if invested in people; encourage entrepreneurship, invention and mentoring and skills increase and appreciation. These in turn would replicate by providing more employment and the indirect employment that would come from all of them, can reduce the amount of idleness that sometimes builds up towards crime.

We need pragmatic and realistic solution, rather than the surface scratching of more police. We need strong bonded communities where opportunities abound and support overflow; but these are possible only with familiarity, understanding and a sense of responsibility to one another.

The police are not your friend; never believe that.

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