What is the Mission and Intent of Policing a Free Society?

The fundamental objectives of policing (also referred to as the mission of the police or the core functions of policing) are the ultimate purposes for which police agencies have been created. Goldstein was one of a number of scholars who recognized and articulated the breadth and complexity of the police mission. He synthesized his understanding of the multiple objectives of the police in his seminal work, Policing a Free Society, a precursor to his writings on problem oriented policing.

Sound of Silence A Tribute to Policing and All Those Who Serve The Homeland

This video was posted up on my FB Page from a friend. The link comes back to Behind the Badge OC. Behind the Badge OC highlights news from a public-safety perspective.

We cover crime and crime prevention. We track trends and share stories about the men and women who keep Orange County safe. And we offer commentary from law enforcement experts.

Thoughts on Policing a Free Society: Altering Public Expectations

“Policing is one of America’s most noble professions. The actions of any officer, in an instant, can impact an individual for life and even a community for generations. Given this realization, every police officer must be centered on what is important. Service, Justice, Fundamental Fairness. These are the foundational principles in which every police action must be grounded. The nobility of policing demands the noblest of character. ”Steven R. Covey

Thoughts on Policing a Free Society: Rethinking Widely Held Assumptions Regarding Police Fuction

"In order to make the police function more workable ,to reduce the conflicting pressures on the police, and to assure that future investments in police improvement will bring greater return, we must go back to fundamentals. We must rethink widely held assumptions regarding police function; recognize the discretion inherent in police work; and establish the values basic to policing.

Thoughts on Policing a Free Society: Our Failure to Concern Ourselves...

..."Our failure to concern ourselves sufficiently with the ambiguity in the police function and with the other conflicting pressures brought to bear upon the police has substantially reduced the potential effectiveness of the most common proposals for improving police operations. Beyond this, the continuing need for compromise that these pressures have create makes police officers unusually vulnerable to criticism, pressing them to take shelter in the police subculture.

Thoughts on Policing a Free Society

"Most efforts to improve police functioning have gone forward on the assumption that prevention of crime and the apprehension of criminals are the primary tasks of th police. But these assumptions have been based more on the mythology surrounding policing than upon accurate assessment of what it is that police do. The police themselves perpetuate this myth.

Patterns of Conflict Pt 1


The importance of John Boyd's "Patterns of Conflict" cannot be overstated. It changed the military, the business world, and even sports forever. Policing is now using Boyd's ideas to improve their decision making and to develop fair and impartial policing methods that include procedural justice. Police are now considering how their strategy, operations and tactics effect Boyd's moral, mental and physical levels of conflict.

Somewhere Along the Way

Afraid of the Light

I just love this poem By James Kavanaugh. It hits a nerve in me about how competition is not always healthy and if we are not careful we miss out on what’s truly important in life, mainly people and the simple things.

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