Crime is an offence or any action that defies a country or state and punishable by the laws. Criminal activities perpetrated by the gangs have been a major draw backs in the development among different nations1. Most of the highly notable criminal activities have led to death of thousands of people. For instance, the bombing of the Americans by Osama Bin Laden led to death of thousands of the Americans, the constant attack of the Africans by the BokoHaramu of Nigeria and Alshabaab of Somali and Kenya have always created a threat to surviving in such areas1. The plan to mitigate the criminal activities centers on the criminal activities of the gang rather than the holistic understanding of all aspects of the crime to enable effective strategies to eliminate the criminal activities. The essay will focus on the discussion on why it is appropriate for the law enforcement agencies to tackle the organized criminal activities in a holistic way rather than focus on the specific activities organized by the crime gangs2.
First, understanding the components of crime in holistic fashion of dealing with the problem ensures significant reduction in the prevalence and incidence. The local agencies should establish the elements of crime that include assessment of the mental state (Mens Rea), conduct (Actus Reus), concurrence and causation. The mitigation strategies should focus on analyzing the reasons behind the gangs committing the crime. Most of the criminal activities such as theft are organized by the dissatisfied individuals due to social problems such as poverty. By analyzing the reasons why the gangs commit the problems, appropriate strategies such as providing employment opportunities to such people can be implemented to prevent the occurrence of such criminal activities2.
Secondly, approaching the criminal activities in holistic fashion is a long term management of criminal activities rather than short term. The development of the organized gangs increase in size if the problems that drive them to engage in criminal activities are not solved. By engaging such groups, it becomes easy to strike a deal so that the shortcomings which predispose them to commit the crime are solved3. Moreover, targeting the specific criminal activities always heighten the tension between the police officers and the gangsters and lead to serious damages including loss of life3. However, the impacts of killing the criminals is not an effective solutions since they retaliate with better and more advanced ways that overpower the police officers and commit criminal activities with a very high magnitude3. Therefore, targeting the criminal activities without solving the specific problems always plunder the local agencies in state of uncontrollable condition as the next period of engaging in such activities are likely not to be known.
Next, holistic approach in mitigating the criminal activities ensures access to adequate information to stop the development of the criminal activities4. For instance, local agencies can access the information regarding the gangster through interviewing the local people who have significant information regarding the gang squad. Such information will only be available when the local agencies such as the police officers holistically approach areas with high criminal activities, evaluate the conditions, identify the gangs and strategize in order to prevent them from engaging in crime. It is always said that prevention is better than cure and this phrase is very significant in preventing the occurrence of the criminal activities4. Once a crime occurs such as terrorism, the life of the individuals cannot resurface even when the criminal or their activities targeted. The lives lost means reduction in the productive nature of the economy, insecurity and leaving in fear. The local agencies should establish crime detection strategies aimed at preventing the occurrence of the activity rather than target the criminal acts perpetrated by the gangs.
Lastly, conducting the holistic approach in managing the criminal activities is very rehabilitative to the gangs and therefore eliminates the criminal acts on the innocent citizens. Understanding that crime can be conducted due to mental state insufficiency is very critical in holistic view of the problem5. Again, most of the criminal gangs have some sort of mental problems which is significantly treated, enables them to reform and fit into the system. Moreover, identifies the reason why the criminal gangs commit the crime enables the government to plan rehabilitate plans that enables them to get skills such as masonry and plumbing5. Such skills enables them get reformed, able to work and earn a living and hence, not engage in criminal activities. Such professional skills are not possible to provide is the aim of the local agencies is to combat the criminal acts of the organized gangs.
To conclude, the holistic fashion of approaching organized criminal gangs by the local agencies is an efficient way of solving the criminal acts in a country. The benefits that occur with the process include; long term solving of criminal activities, its effectiveness in solving the driving forces of criminal gangs to commit crime, its rehabilitative nature and better understanding of their organization to offer effective strategies of combating their acts. Therefore, the local agencies dealing with criminal activities should focus on holistic rather than crime specific activity of the organized criminal gang.
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