Solving Crimes and Apprehending Suspects Is a Critical Aspect of Public Safety
This service requires resources, training, and authority only a central police force can have.
Conducting complex criminal investigations is a major aspect of law enforcement—and one that police are uniquely suited for. Without government-funded crime labs, forensic scientists, detectives, and the rules and regulations making sure all these processes and procedures are done in a consistent manner, far fewer crimes would be solved. Handling of evidence is even governed by rules and regulations, which do not apply to non-government funded police forces. Private police and detectives do not have access to the same technology or bank of experts as central police either. Testimony in courts from private detectives also does not carry the same weight as official police department employees.
Not all criminals are apprehended immediately, and a lack of officers would lead to chaos Their main function is enforcing the law.
Many criminals flee the scene of the crime and are not apprehended immediately. Especially for crimes such as burglary where there might not be witnesses, it can take weeks or even months to track down a criminal. This is even truer for highly intelligent serial criminals. Serial rapists or murderers often continue committing crimes for years, and only a concentrated effort from the police can stop them. Overall, on average the police make upwards of 10 million arrests annually.
The process of solving a crime often requires expertise and experience Without a central force part of the government there would be no regulations on the investigative process and would result in less solved crimes.
Law enforcement are uniquely qualified to solve crimes. The average police officer undergoes at least 647 hours of basic training. This is on top of training officers and detectives must undergo at each stage of their careers as well as working with forensic scientists, lawyers, and other experts from who they learn during the course of investigations. In some cases, it can take as long as five to six years to become a fully-fledged police officer. Much of that training teaches police the unique skills and intricate science involved in solving crime, including crime scene handling and the detection of clues. Other branches of law enforcement—such as the FBI or the CSI—undergo even more intense and specialized training that give them the know-how to solve crimes. Untrained civilians are simply not capable of doing what law enforcement is trained to do.