​3 Reasons Why Criminals are Not Caught
by Duane D. Wilson  

As I see it, police agencies across the United States are faced with 3 major challenges when dealing with criminal behavior:

First, the rapidly- changing demographics of America have had a significant impact.  Up until 1965 immigration was limited, primarily allowing new immigrants from Western Europe.  As Communism vanished from the European landscape, fewer Western Europeans sought a better life in America. However, since that era, America has witnessed a new wave of immigrants from other parts of the world and cultures, such as the Middle East, Africa and Mexico. In many respects, the changing cultures have proven difficult for law enforcement to deal with.  For example, these newly arrived cultures have made it challenging for police officers to establish close relations and relate effectively to diverse communities. Strong police-community relations are essential for effective law enforcement.

Second, technology has changed rapidly.  When dealing with an organization such as LE agencies, there are challenges presented by a constantly-changing technological landscape.  The recent spate of police shootings ‘caught on tape’ is an indicator of the far-reaching effects of technology.  Should police be monitored with body cameras? Conversely, why shouldn’t police be scrutinized so significantly?  The debate is significant and growing. Change takes time, training and tolerance.  

Thirdly, in earlier eras police had different approaches to investigate crimes and interrogate criminals.  But, slowly over the years, since the Warren Court (roughly 1953 to 1969), the Supreme Court made rulings that changed the reach and direction of police investigations.  The Warren Court expanded civil rights, civil liberties and judicial power in dramatic ways, all consistent with the Bill of Rights – all of which changed the actions of police officers. Many would argue it has been difficult for police to adjust to some of the restrictions.

Still another challenge faced by LE agencies concerns training. I believe more training hours are necessary to properly equip and educate officers to deal with modern citizens, much less criminals. Police officers currently receive approximately 665 hours of initial training. Contrast this number to the training hours for hairdressers and consider these training requirement facts from California:  1600 hours for a Cosmetology License; 1500 training hours for a Barber License.  (beautyschoolsdirectory.com)

There are no quick answers to the evolving needs of modern policing in a rapidly-changing society!  Just as there have yet been no quick answers to ‘whatever happened to the East Area Rapist?’ With the FBI’s recent re-opening of this 40 year old heinous crime spree, readers will find compelling considerations in my novel TERROR AT 3 A.M.
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