Exciting Advances in Modern Police Training
Historically law enforcement has been deeply rooted in the foundations of primitive governments and societies for hundreds of years, due to its essential presence in order to keep society from falling apart. Even more interesting is the fact that modern knowledge used by law enforcement agencies are still increasing at an exponential rate - due to scientific advances in psychology, biology, and sociological concepts.
In the past couple decades and even more modernly, the shift in attention of both science and media on the complex facets of criminal behavior, investigation, and subsequent judicial procedures has elicited an immense interest and growth in this scientific field.
Over the years we can observe how each discipline from a bio-psycho-social model has attributed to the overall apprehension and further understanding of deviant and criminal behaviors. Each perspective has large theoretical implications in law enforcement as a whole and subsequently it has also elevated the requirements for individuals seeking jobs in this rapidly growing occupational field of law enforcement.
More and more private and public agencies are seeking out college educated individuals to fill law enforcement positions that once only required a high school education. This effect may be attributed to the sheer influx of knowledge and relevant applicability that this field has gained in the last couple of decades. Law enforcement has been influenced a great deal by psychological research as a whole due to research in understanding the criminal psychopathology of criminals and their crimes in order to predict the future behaviors of specific individuals.
A great example of a psychological influence on law is the adoption of criminal profiling techniques, which are commonly used by forensic psychologists. These highly skilled and technical professionals usually spend many years in order to become successful in understanding the possible psychopathology of a specific criminal.
Biological advances can also attribute greatly in understanding the criminal psychopathology of a deviant as well. It also has even greater implications because it is a more concrete and objective measure that is used commonly as to provide more objective evidence that only 20 to 30 years ago never existed. This evidence usually manifests in the form of DNA, which can be tied to a suspected offender, allowing for a greater emphasis on advances in searching techniques and the ultimate conviction of a criminal.
As inter-disciplinary sciences continue to converge and overlap in their fields of research, we will inevitably begin to understand more thoroughly the etiology behind criminal motives and behaviors. By utilizing new research, it will allow for law enforcement to benefit in apprehending and convicting fugitives of the law and society.