Police Militarization Patrick cavarretta per:7

Police (noun) the civil force of a national or local government, responsible for the prevention and detection of crime and the maintenance of public order.

The issue: Several issues are prevalent in today's society such as police militarization and the other issues that come as a result

As violent crime has fallen, the number of militarized SWAT teams has risen.

According to the Economist report titled "The Police Militarization" approximately 78% of Americans including a majority of African Americans approve of the job of local police officers in their area. And yet the industry of policing seems to be a distrusted area and profession as a whole. What might account for this contradiction? Based on a federally sponsored national poll some believe it to be due to the perception of police and recent actions of some individuals.

The effects: according to an article in the New York Times this makes it difficult for police to do their jobs effectively. It also leads to a general distrust of police which can make people hesitant to call police.

Militarization: in areas which wide scale protests a wide criticism of police is the excessive use and military escalation of SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) teams. The issue may stem from federal cash. Each year congress passes the National Defence Auhorisation Act which sets the budget expenditures. The primary purpose of the act was to fund police with money and equipment to fight the war on drugs. The American Civil Liberties Unions found that the value of military equipment used by American police departments rose from $1m in 1990 to nearly $450m in 2016

There have been 50,000 deployments of militarized police last year across the nation.

Solution: legislation in 2014 introduced by Florida liberal, Alan Grayson sponsored an amendment to prevent the sale and donation of military equipment such as MOAB's, ballistic and nuclear weapons, tanks, and tactical grenade launchers. This amendment did not receive a single vote from either party. However with no more campaigns to run Obama made a decision to ban the sale of "excessive military WMD's" as well as make it rmore difficult to obtain certain weapons. President trump however has vowed to reverse this legislation. In other countries such as Switzerland the government has placed into service called the "amnesty police" their primary job is to talk and intermingle with protestors. They are unarmed and specially trained in negotiating and psychology.

Connection- the reason this is prevalent in today's society because it's a very important talking point to many political parties and candidates. In the dependency theory model it talked about how in regions relations between politics and services will affect how an area develops.Also this issue stresses the importance of having good relations with services if you want to attract new residents and businesses to the area.

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