“How did Policing change in the 20th Century?”

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  • “How did Policing change in the 20th Century?”
    • Change from a Male only force
      • Women were first recruited to join the police force in 1920.
      • They worked with child or female criminals or victims of crime
    • Crime prevention
      • Help the police prevent crime through local vigilance, increasing community involvement and reporting crime trends to the police.
      • Closed Circuit Television (CCTV)
      • Mass video surveillance
      • Biometric screening
      • Breathalyzers and speed cameras
    • Cost of Policing
      • Increased due to advancements in technology and science
      • Now the Police get paid about £24,000 when they start their career.
      • Rise in taxes on population went to the police
    • Use of science
      • In 1900 they discover human ABO blood groups to help determine if blood is suspect or victims
      • 1901 the first fingerprint database is founded where they keep fingerprints of everyone arrested. Everyone in Britain can access this database.
      • 1920 police cars had radios where they could communicate with each other and their office
      • 1932 development of microscope that could trace tiny blood splatters at crime scenes
    • Police Training
      • A national police training college was set up in 1947. They had 14 weeks of training before starting their jobs.
      • There were different sectors and branches of the police eg. dog handling unit, drug squad, fraud squad. Each have specific training


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