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Causes of Crime Reflections of a Police Officer

Syed Akhtar Ali Shah

This is the age of the criminological theory. Every criminological theory tries to find the
cause of crime and mitigate those crimes. A consensus on causes and mitigation has yet to be
reached by criminologists or criminal justice practitioners. The views of the practitioners,
however, differ from theoreticians. The experience of the field officers, from the law enforcement, who are the first responders to any breach of the law, is more helpful for
students and scholars conducting research in criminology and criminal justice. This paper is
a reflection of my own field experience, as police officer, on the causes of crimes in KPK, a
province of Pakistan.

Keywords: Causes, Crime, Rule of Law, Frustration, Customs and Traditions, Justice, Criminal Justice System