“It isn’t feasible to expect a police officer to enforce every law to the letter. The criminal justice system requires officers to have flexibility in dealing with cases since the interest of justice doesn't require all offenders to be punished to the full extent of the law. Officers exercise a large amount of police discretion in dealing with many cases, and it’s important to understand how this works.”
The topic that will be discussed in this paper is about police discretion for the class of law enforcement. The areas that will be touch on in this paper is the meaning of words, some myths about discretion, the advantage/ disadvantage about the use of discretion, the positive use of discretion with police officers, some consequences with the use of discretion, and the use of discretion in the field of the police officers. The ones that are listed in the paper will have interesting facts about the importance of having discretion in the field of the police officers and how they applied it to their everyday job. The discretion can not only be found in the area of police work, but also in other criminal fields. One thing to remember is that it’s more familiar to see it around the police officers because they deal more with crimes.
What is police discretion? Let’s define discretion using the law terms. It’s capacity to distinguish between right and wrong, sufficient to make a person responsible for their own actions. It also has a public official’s power or even right to act in certain circumstances according to personal judgments and conscience. We already took a look for the word discretion now let’s put it together with police discretion. it’s a police officer’s authority to decide how and when to enforce the law. The officers have wide latitude when to determine how best to deal with any situation they face, for example weather to write a warning ticket or take them to jail just over someone who is going over speed limit.