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What is the difference between proactive and reactive police patrol?

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  1. path less travelled says:

    On virtually any matter involving police, which is to say that there is little that police can do that is not political, these two words may have different meanings and purpose. Hence the words ‘policy’, ‘political’, and ‘police’ are notions that bear the same root.

    Generally speaking, "proactive’ implies taking charge and being assertive; while reactive speaks to acting if and only if prompted to do so. You might come to see as regards police that proactive and reactive are but one in the same.

    Here’s why. To be ‘pro’ anything is to lean in favor of it or for it — or — it may mean that a person is simply being active as opposed to waiting on some person or outside influence or event to get things underway.

    To be reactive to anything means no action can occur without at first some action already occurring. The reactionary does not want change: he or she pefers to hold onto "conditions," which suggests that a person acts only as an effect from some cause occurring elsewhere beforehand; and so, to be reactive is to work from reflexes than from ownership to a circumstance put before that police patrol — the reactive police patrol is working in knee-jerk manners without thorough review and thought, and usually abides already set policies, and is loathe to take on a role of ownership for what they do — they would rather someone else do it and simply follow the mindset and rules already established.

    These are also called "conservative" police patrols in which if policies are wrong, the officers will still fall in line with what is most comfortable to administer rather than veer off and be resolute.

    They are simply two sides of the same coin — often if framed proactive, it is called radical (or progressive) and if framed reactionary, then called right-wing. But on that of police matters, there is no telling what proactive and reactive mean because their proactive practices are often derived from reactionary doctrine. Police patrols are traditionally reactive entities whose actions depend on people outside of them requiring their actions and attention.

  2. scott b says:

    One is proactive, and the other is reactive.

    Now, do your OWN homework.

  3. drew says:

    Since this is your assignment, NOT MINE, I will let you thoroughly define this question.

    Reactive is when the police respond in some manner to crimes that have already been committed.

    Proactive is when the police set up programs that deter people from doing things that lead to trouble.

  4. REBEL ROUSER says:

    Proactive they drive or walk around looking for any suspicious activity, reactive they react to calls of crimes in progress or that have already occurred.~~

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