Use of force is a very important part of an officer’s ability to keep themselves and the public safe, but is also very controversial. The first thing anyone should try, if not in immediate danger, is to verbally diffuse a situation. If an officer can use words to get compliance from a criminal, then he or she won’t have to worry about defending their actions in court. There are no ethical issues involved with this level of the continuum. The use of restraint holds and chokes is a very dangerous thing if used improperly, but has many advantages when done correctly.
We must be sure that finding those answers are done ethically from the crime scene to trial. The Investigator Ethical Considerations From the moment the investigator gets a case professionalism, knowledge of laws and procedure is what has to be followed. If at any time the investigator became biased and used emotion instead of just facts of the case could be compromised. Remaining unbiased in either homicide or rape can be extremely difficult for even the most ethical investigators. Handling evidence properly is one of the most crucial points of any investigation.
A police officer tends to be authoritive because of the constant danger he or she is in while on the job. Having this trait will help the officer handle all situations and help the officer pay close attention to what is going on around him or her. Suspicion is more or less a belief or opinion that is solely based on facts but does not require proof. Suspicion is also a feeling of doubt, uncertainty, or slight indication that something is up. An officer tends to be suspicious after working the job for awhile because of the criminal acts that go on.
(n.d.) Retrieved from http://definitions.uslegal.com/p/police-brutality/) Police brutality has been an issue in the past and it continues today. Police brutality is not only physical harm but it’s also psychological harm. We need to analyze how much police brutality really goes on out there. We also need to be aware of how often police brutality goes on, and how we as citizens can minimize it by reporting it when we see it or if it happens to us. We know that police officers use excessive force, and they also use their authority to verbally abuse people.
Today’s law enforcement officers face a multitude of dangers in their everyday duties that rival the threat of getting shot. For example: ▪ Foot pursuits ▪ Vehicle pursuits ▪ Responding code 3 (lights and siren) ▪ Making an arrest ▪ Traffic control ▪ Heat stroke ▪ Stress ▪ Duty equipment ▪ Biohazard exposure/sun exposure Officers are exposed to these dangers on a daily basis. That said, police officers have training and physical tools to deal with these settings. They go in knowing it is dangerous or could become dangerous. Police officers are trained to contain or diffuse a situation in ways the average person isn't.
The ‘7:30 report – Sydney shootings spark call for expanded police powers’ supports the importance of police having a high degree of authority in criminal matters. This article chronicles the escalating issue of gun violence within Sydney and the ever present need for police to have a high standard of power to alleviate the issue. The NSW Police Association president, Scott Weber states that the increased police power is ‘an important tool in preventing reoffending.' Police powers enable this law enforcement body to thoroughly investigate matters which work to protect society. The special powers that are delegated to law enforcement bodies, such as police are often controversial as they conflict with the rights of citizens, which means that the power of police
The police personality fosters and “us vs. them” mentality that cops are always the good guys and everyone else is a potential bad guy (The Brotherhood). There is a subculture in Police work that in some cases can carry severe penalties towards officer’s if they were to “rat” on another officer. This subculture code of “Don’t give up another cop” has been described as the code of silence, or the blue curtain of secrecy (Pollock 119). In this subculture police officers are often ostracized or deemed unfaithful to the badge if they were to turn on another officer and testify against them during an investigation. Police officers must trust other officers to back them up in a struggle that could potentially be a life or death situation.
Justice and law: Unit 1 Abstract assignment #1: Law enforcement Fall 2012 Use of force When is it justified? - Is there are any differences between the law enforcement agencies with regard to the question of when use of force is justified. Introduction Even though there are many different types of law enforcement agencies, their common overall goal is to ensure security and maintain law and order. The law enforcement agencies are also responsible for preventing crime and investigating offenses. Too ensure this obligation it is essential that the law enforcement agencies are authorized to use force – even deadly force.
Police Brutality Law enforcement officer’s credo is, “If you need me, I will be there for you. I will risk injury or death to get to you, because that is my promise” Police brutality remains one of the most serious and divisive human rights violations in the United States. The excessive use of force by police officers persists because of overwhelming barriers to accountability. This fact makes it possible for officers who commit human rights violations to escape due punishment and often to repeat their offenses. Racism, a big part of police misconduct, has become a major problem in the police force.
Police brutality is a growing problem in policing. There are laws that are strict on crime, and many times depending on the situation the officers need to react a certain way. Police brutality is excessive force to a major extent, and is not treated kindly. Police brutality can occur when an arresting officer feels threatened, by the arrestee, the arresting officer will defend him/her self but if something in their head snaps it becomes a beating. Police brutality is the intentional use of excessive force, usually physical, but potentially also in the form of verbal attacks and psychological intimidation, by a police officer.