When I first questioned policing’s ability to prevent crime over 35 years ago, I never thought I would find a solution in its antithesis that proves policing cannot prevent crime; and the faulted ideology is transferred from public policing into every other area of society, including commerce and sport.
I did not anticipate zealous opposition from policing that protectively covets the prevention role alongside its core law enforcement role. And because society exclusively defers to policing as its sole provider of expert crime prevention method and advice, it is difficult to influence change against its contrary advice.
Put simply, prevention and enforcement are two very different, opposing ideologies. To accept that policing can expertly manage both roles is, at best, a conflict of interest and, at worst, a recipe for systemic failure - which is what our criminal justice systems have fallen into because of it. Our prisons are full to overflowing, our criminal courts are congested and our policing resources are forever stretched. Ironically, because it fails in prevention, policing exacerbates crime and self-perpetuates the need for policing’s increased presence.
This book seeks to remedy this fault; in collaboration with policing. Its solution is inclusive and, as such, can be introduced to organisations from the top down, or from the bottom up. I have tried the top down route that simply defers my alternative solution to policing, which predictably disagrees.
This book is for everyone, but it is largely directed towards the bottom up; the victims of crime and their advocacy groups, like ‘Me Too’ and ‘Sensible Sentencing’; the victims in waiting, like you and me; and the employees in commerce and athletes and players in sport who are all criminalised by the policing ideology inside their organisations, where offending is ongoing and not prevented. Unless change is effected, tolerance of preventable crime and corruption will be enduring throughout society.