It was 1969 when Wilson and Kelling first introduced the idea behind the Broken Glass theory as it is to be applied in community policing. This theory entails that the condition of thinking of a person is specifically affected by the thinking of another. Considerably, in the process of studying the effect of the said approach to understanding human behavior, it was observed that people respond to norms especially when they come to a point of deciding what to do on certain occasions presented to them. The thought that ‘no one cares’ lowers down the condition of thinking of a person towards what he does whether or not it is the right thing to do. Because of this, tolerance increases and people begin to view the law as a weak force that defines the community. Of course, individuals would settle for something that is more convenient for them give attention to. If for instance the law is to strict, but the norm is quite more convenient, then they would settle for the condition of following what the norms dictate to be considerably acceptable.
Law enforcement was earlier concerned about preventing theft, burglary and robbery and solving any crimes. Law enforcement earlier used to prevent and solve crimes that had an immediate effect on the quality of life of people or something that creates any visible impact on life of the local community. But terrorist threats have changed this and law enforcement to now require some more important actions and involves certain aspects that were not before. Terrorist threats can occur anywhere at any time and there is no way to determine the occurrence or impact of such an act. But organization of law enforcement has no other means but to adapt to those policing strategies that are in existence to ensure the security of people in the homeland.
The primary theme of Sir Robert Peel’s belief on the constant indication of the role of police officers on the manner by which the community lives by is dependent on the cooperation that the society itself is ready to provide the police force. He believes that while the police force is given particular power to man the communities, they are also given the condition of handling one of the largest forms of responsibilities any individual could be endowed with. This belief, in accordance to his claim, should be the basic foundation on how any police officer would interpret his role in the society and the responsibilities that are placed upon his shoulder.