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Solving Crimes Often Requires Expertise and Experience Unique to Police

Without a central force that is part of the government, there would be no regulations on the investigative process and that would result in fewer solved crimes. Forensic science requires experts, not laymen.
Dec 4, 2020
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Solving Crimes Often Requires Expertise and Experience Unique to PoliceSolving Crimes Often Requires Expertise and Experience Unique to Police
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. 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. Private police and detectives do not have access to the same technology or bank of experts as central police either. Untrained civilians are simply not capable of doing what law enforcement is trained to do.
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