Personality Traits of a Police Officer Policing today is very complex. Police officers are expected to be all things to all people and to make split second decisions under varying stress conditions. Police officers must be effective at what they do. The decisions made by a police officer could potentially affect the lives of many people. Being an officer of the law takes a certain quality of person and some personality types certainly do better in positions of authority than do others.
Police corruption is a problem that can be traced back to the early days of policing. It is a serious problem within most police forces today, as it is widely know that is it something that is not only hard to calculate, but also hard to reduce and near impossible to eradicate. The following will explore what corruption is defined as and reasons for why police corruption occurs. Reasons that will be covered that can be deemed as the cause of corruption are, the police cultures’ solidarity and loyalty, that a high level of discretion is used, which cannot be monitored, and that there is a corrupt hierarchy within the police force that is difficult to control. Methods to prevent corruption will then be explored, such as more rigorous recruitment procedures and the reinforcement of the motivation to do what is right.
Police Personnel Job Stress is the complexity of their role, the need to exercise Prudent discretion, the threat of using violence and having violence used against the. When you stress as a police officer it can lead to negative attitudes, loss of enthusiasm and commitment to their job. It can even take a toll on their personal life such as health problems, divorces, or even substance abuse problems. When becoming a police officer it can come with good or bad decisions. The good is helping your community stay safe, than there is the bad which is maintaining a social and family relationship.
How well developed organizational policies and procedures guide the use of police employee discretion to ensure the philosophy of the department is met. Police Organizational Tasks and Policy All criminal justice agencies must have an organizational structure in place to help them function efficiently. Most modern police agencies use the organizational subsystem in conjunction with organizational principles and policies and procedures to ensure a department operates efficiently and effectively to provide police services. If there is a breakdown in the organizational structure it can disrupt the day to day operations of the department. The effects of this structural breakdown can range from poor employee morale, abuse of sick leave, high attrition rates, allegations of corruption, and distrust from the public.
An integral component to the infrastructure of government is law enforcement. In recent years, police actions, particularly police abuse has come into view of a wide, public and critical eye. While citizens worry about protecting themselves from criminals, it has now been shown that they must also keep a watchful eye on those who are supposed to protect and serve. This paper will discuss the types of police abuse prevalent today, including the use of firearms and recovery of private information. I will also discuss what and how citizens’ rights are taken advantage of by the police.
Mikaela Burdette Personal side of Police The constant stress that police officers face; often result in unstable levels of a chemical called cortical. This instability lowers a police officer's ability to fight off disease, particularly cardiovascular problems. They also may suffer from problems like insomnia and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The study of police culture has traditionally been from sociology and psychology. Police are said to have a “we-they or us-them” worldview.
RUNNING HEAD: POLICE DEVIANCE Police Deviance and Corruption The main objective in policing is to serve and protect a community and those who live within it, while this is often achieved through ethical practices sometimes it can be a challenge. In an effort to do something worthwhile for a community it can be diluted by to many negative experiences with the public, to little job satisfaction and too much trouble handling the administrative system. Many different factors can lead officers into deviance and corruption within the police system. Some of these include, stress, traumatic experiences, too much bureaucracy etc (Dean & Gottschalk 2010; Rowe 2005; Wilson, Kolennikova, Kosals, Ryvkina & Simagin 2007). In present paper the role of an ethical police officer is investigated and to which extent an officer can degrade this title.
Police Agencies Roles and Functions University of Phoenix Police agencies have various functions that they perform. These functions include arresting criminals, interrogating individuals, patrolling neighborhoods, enforcing multiple laws set forth by the government, ministry of presence, and serving and protecting the community. Law enforcement in the United States is a complex establishment that is comprised of three levels; local, state, and federal agencies. Each level has their own jurisdiction and laws to uphold which means that the tasks performed at each level are different. If the responsibilities were limited in the community it would result in more chaos and more crime, and people would no longer seek police assistance.
Police-Community Relation Jacquelyn M. Lofton APUS CMRJ500-Criminal Justice Ethics December 29, 2013 Telephone: Not For Release E-mail: Not For Release Instructor: Dr. Stephanie Myers-Hunziker Abstract “Today’s police are faced with an inescapable dilemma (Wrobleski & Hess, 2006).” Their role requires that they adequately balance the legal authority they have been granted by the public (through government) with their responsibility to protect individual rights and contribute to public safety. “Police officers are a walking symbol of government authority (Wrobleski & Hess, 2006).” They have the power to stop, detain, question, arrest, and even use deadly physical force when necessary. At the same time, police have to be responsive to the wishes of the public. “They must carry out complex tasks while respecting important legal and constitutional protections. The police are occasionally called upon to force unpopular laws while attempting to foster or maintain public support (Wrobleski & Hess, 2006).” How the police balance these concerns often determines the quality of the relationship that they have with the public.
These shifts are usually similar to a civilian work day. However, there are some departments that may work longer shifts, which allows time for additional training. When it comes to policing on the state level, things can get a little more difficult because state patrol officers have a larger jurisdiction. Often times, they are called upon to assist the local police departments. Many crimes that take place in