main goals and objectives, reasons for creation, thematic concept, development prospects, target audience, rules and restrictions
About the reasons for the creation, goals and objectives of the project
The «Public order and Safety» project, as well as its supporting resources (groups in social networks, blog, forum) is dedicated to the research of modern and probable threats of a criminal and terrorist nature. The main objective of the project is an objective assessment and development of effective methods for preventing and countering such threats, increasing the efficiency of the police services and other law enforcement agencies to ensure high-quality protection of people's lives, health and property.
The need to create such a project arose long ago, for the following reasons. If you objectively look at the reality around us, you can clearly see that - at least in the next 50-70 years, nothing good awaits our planet and its inhabitants. The real prospects look something like this: overpopulation, depletion of resources, climate change, a decrease in the role of man in the production process (as a result of unemployment), uncontrolled migration, epidemics, local military conflicts. All this will inevitably lead to an increase in crime, the popularity of extremist ideologies and terrorist organizations, and hence an increase in the number of their supporters and their activity.
It is not sad, but this is exactly what the near future of mankind looks like, and every day these «prospects» become more and more obvious. One of the latest examples is the global coronavirus pandemic, which, in addition to negative socio-economic consequences, also showed the complete unpreparedness of the law enforcement system in most countries of the world to work effectively in such conditions.
Terrorist and extremist organizations have become significantly more active, and the number and activity of their supporters has increased. The situation is similar in general criminality. Seeing the weakness and passivity of the police services, as well as other law enforcement agencies, criminal communities began to actively regain control of previously lost positions. This negative trend can be observed especially clearly in terms of crimes and other offenses of an antisocial nature committed on the streets and in other public places.
In recent years, ideologies and movements that directly promote violent actions against national, religious, political, social, professional groups of the population, as well as justify and support illegal and other antisocial actions, have become widespread.
The above trends are becoming more and more obvious every year, and the negative forecasts made by experts are increasingly taking the form of real events confirming them. In this regard, the pragmatic part of a law-abiding society has questions:
1. What criminal and terrorist threats will be relevant in the near future?
2. What effective measures should be taken to prevent and suppress these threats, as well as reduce the negative consequences caused by them?
However, the so-called «expert community» does not provide answers to these questions. Despite the fact that hundreds of materials on this topic are published daily in various media around the world, the vast majority of them are devoted to discussions about the possible historical, social, and often conspiracy reasons for these phenomena, utopian forecasts are made based on these theories. Representatives of law enforcement agencies often adhere to similar rhetoric, their comments, including in departmental media, are more reminiscent of a veiled attempt to justify their own inaction and inability (or perhaps unwillingness) to influence the situation. Publications with attempts to answer the questions: «What to do?» and «How to do?», much less, and they rarely contain specific proposals, more conditional and streamlined phrases from the series: step up work, take additional measures, strengthen the direction, etc.
In informal online communities of police officers and units, a similar picture can be observed. Professional issues (directly related to ensuring public order and security) have long faded into the background, today, the TOP 10 topics discussed on these resources (forums, groups on social networks, instant messengers) look something like this:
- monetary maintenance (salary), surcharges and allowances;
- social security (benefits, holidays, allowances, etc.);
- personnel and pension issues;
- news of the country and the world;
- mutual assistance (mainly these are samples of documents, rules for their preparation, etc.);
- sports, recreation, hobbies, humor, other informal communication on topics not related to work;
- issues of material support (uniforms, transport, fuel, stationery, etc.);
- changes in legislation;
- what annoys you at work (topics and posts in a kind of «Room of Truth» where employees express everything they think about their work, management and its orders).
Topics with initiatives in terms of specific measures to combat crime and terrorism are found in isolated cases and are practically not discussed in a constructive manner. The bulk of the comments come down to advice to the author to change his occupation, assessment of his personal and professional qualities, reasoning (as a rule, not supported by arguments) about the futility of the proposals, as well as transferring the topic to another plane.
As a result, those few who are accustomed not to talk about problems, but to look for ways to solve them, leave such resources without finding understanding from their colleagues. Worse, most of them abandon work on their ideas and projects, believing that no one really needs it. But this is not so, in the very near future, these people and their developments will be in great demand. Yes, today, attention is paid to security issues on a residual basis, but this situation will change, and very soon. Currently, public demand in this direction is actively formed in many countries and in the future its relevance will only grow. First it will be the municipal and regional level, then the state.
Until recently, when choosing a place to live (a country, a region, a city or a separate district), people primarily considered the level of development of infrastructure, transport, employment, access to education, medicine, and social protection. However, in recent years, priorities have begun to change, such a criterion as security is becoming more and more important when making a final decision. It will no longer be possible to influence this situation with the usual methods, such as, for example, the «beautiful»* statistical reporting of the local police. Over the past 20 years, information opportunities have seriously changed, people have ceased to assess the situation according to the reports of law enforcement agencies, they judge by what they themselves see on the street, learn from friends, read in the news and social networks. Official statistics, with their chronic «positive dynamics», have long been no longer trusted by citizens, because their contrast with reality has become too impressive.
* this word should be taken as a metaphor, the meaning in this context is clearly, artificially inflated (or vice versa, underestimated, depending on the situation) statistical indicators of the crime situation, significantly different from the actual situation.
The current situation in the world, in the near future, will require the governments of most countries to carry out large-scale reforms of their law enforcement system, which in its current form is outdated and unable to withstand both existing and future threats. These will be truly large-scale transformations, and not just minor, administrative changes, as has happened many times in the past. All this will cause an urgent need for promising projects in the field of public order and security. But the main thing is that in addition to the initiatives themselves, specialists will be needed who are able to develop and implement them in practice.
The main objective of the «Public order and Safety» project is to give these people the opportunity to express themselves and their developments. Provide them with an electronic platform for posting articles and other publications, discussions, debates, professional communication, searching for like-minded people and organizing joint work, etc. It will be a small but professional community where there will be no room for idle chatter.
Another important goal of the project is to restore the «Information Bridge» with colleagues from other countries (we are talking about informal communication in law enforcement communities in social networks, forums, instant messengers).
These ties have been actively destroyed in the last 10-12 years, and by now they have been almost completely broken. The reason is banal - politics, or rather disputes on political topics, which very quickly brought communication out of a civilized format and reduced it to personalities, rudeness and insults. This once again confirms the rule, the violation of which has already ruined more than one professional resource, that where politics begins, there is no room for constructiveness and professionalism. Therefore, the «Public order and Safety» Project and all related resources will be completely out of politics. Any topics, even indirectly affecting politics, nationality, religion, professional or social affiliation, and the like, will be strictly prohibited. There will be no exceptions, there will be no one for anyone, moderation in this direction will be especially tough. I am sure that over time this will at least partially restore ties with our colleagues from other countries and return communication in a civilized format, within the framework of professional topics and the exchange of experience.
This is the general concept of the project, and it will remain unchanged. As development progresses, of course, some changes and additions are possible, but only in details. The opinions and wishes of the participants on the development of the project will be carefully studied and taken into account.
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