Changes to policing in 1900s

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  • Changes to policing in 1900s
    • Women
      • In the 1920s women were first recruited to join the police force.
      • the Police Training Course was set up to train new recruits
        • before this officers were meant to learn on the job
        • training them professionalised the police
      • Policing was not open to the other half of the population until then - massive loss in recruitment
    • Preventing crime
      • Breathalysers (1967) and speed cameras (1992)
      • CCTV
      • Mass video surveillance
      • Computer software allows private companies to analyse footage
      • Bio-metric screening
    • Solving crime
      • improved communications
        • recording and sharing information, directly at a crime scene
        • forensic science
        • data management
      • Improved computer software
        • new software can rapidly analyse video data
    • Fraud Squad 1946
      • to tackle crime in business and the stock market
      • Now can tackle other high valued crimes e.g. art theft
    • Dog handling units 1938/1946
      • to accompany police officers as they patrolled the local beat
      • they strengthen the police presence at major events
    • Special Branch
      • Tackle threats to national security and terrorism
        • inform local police of potential threats
    • Neighbourhood Watch
      • local committee of people who raise awareness about crime and encourage neighbours to keep an eye on each other's property
      • helping the police prevent crime by encouraging local vigilance
      • reducing fear of crime, by increasing community involvement
      • reporting crime trends to police


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