Law enforcement in the United States has undergone significant transformations since police forces were first introduced. During the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, criticisms have mounted that policing has not adapted to best fulfill its duties to the public. Proponents of police reform have proposed both gradual and radical methods to address issues related to biased policing and acts of excessive force and brutality. Gradual methods include increased and updated training standards as well as increased communication and cooperation with communities. More radical methods include calls to eliminate federal funding of police and reduce local police budgets, as well as distributing police work to other groups such as social work and mental health professionals.
The idea of establishing an official centralized...Read more