Instead of staying in a darkened room, the commanders should be training their officers on how to combat this action and help actual reduce the crimes not cover them up. They need to make sure that officers know the importance of CompStat and how it benefits their department. CompStat can be a great tool, but it must be implemented and used correctly and information cannot be falsified to give data that is wanted. If the information is correct than it can help us ensure that our police department are working to actually reduce crime not just to make their department look good. This information can be used for many different reasons and if individuals knew that police departments were doing everything in their power to actually reduce crimes some areas would not be so scary to live in or
Tuckman’s theory helps individuals to understand how team progress evolves. It helps team members within the public services to consider how they encounter different problems at different stages of their development. This then leads to team cohesion because the group comes together during the team tasks. A limitation within this theory may be that it makes team building too linear and consecutive, however this is a useful tool within many public services like the police force, royal navy and fire service, due to it being important to provide the precise services needed as a team. However it is important to understand that not all teams evolve smoothly.
This aspect is not just characteristic of the criminal justice system, but in every leadership position. A good leader must be able to listen to the employees they supervise as well as lead those employees. According to David McCallum, “To be a good leader a person must be a good follower also. Thomas Jefferson said, “To do our fellow men the most good in our power, we must lead where we can, follow where we cannot and still go with them, watching always the favorable moment for helping them to another step.” Good leaders surround themselves with people who will “Speak up” and not with “yes” people,” (McCallum, 2009, pg. 3).
This will ensure that officers feel valued and will heighten their intrinsic motivation. An emphasis on achievement would be made stronger by appealing to the officers’ emotions. As Dan Heath discusses in the video “Want Your Organization to Change? Put Feelings First,”¹ people change as a result of feelings, not knowledge. Some ways to play to the feelings of officers could be explaining specific examples of a particular police officer making a difference in a particular community or sharing specific stories of city residents whose lives have been affected for the better by actions taken by the Department.
Police have the authority to make a decision between two or more choices. Ethical issues with regards to law enforcement have been a central part in the development of the structure of the police authorities. Police discretion is a tool used by officers which gives them the ability to utilize the law of the letter or not to enforce it to the letter of the law. Discretion in enforcing offenses allows an officer to interact with people who are making mistakes, and correct those gently restoring order without disrupting the smooth functioning of every ones lives. Discretion also allows an officer the flexibility to accept that everyone makes mistakes.
All of these factors may be predictors of law breaking and crime in general, but could also be related to law enforcement officers. Officers work difficult jobs that are distinctive from many other occupations in that their role gives them the unique access and power that other occupations do not have the liberty of doing. On an every day basis, they break the laws that the rest of society is expected to uphold, they speed, visibly carry guns and are able to personal seize property on a consistent basis. This gives them the day to day opportunity to potentially be deviant. Because officers work in law enforcement it provides an opportunity for their deviance from the law to be justified if there actions are questioned.
Police Officer Accountability Accountability has become a big thing in today’s policing practices. An officer is accountable for the community, the department, and themselves (Peak, 2012). With accountability of every action they make as an officer puts more strain and concern on them as an officer and can interfere with the officer’s split- decision making process. The first question I need to respond to as part of this exercise is In a situation where an officer is forced to make a split second decision for example when in pursuit, what are the ramifications of that decision in relation to accountability that officer. In a situation as this the the accountability of the officer includes maintaining public safety, as well as the offenders, abide by the law in apprehending the offender that put everyone around in danger, that was left to you to uphold, and ensure the reasoning for the pursuit is identifiable to be held up in court.
Community policing is predicated upon discussions between citizens and the police.” This type offers police officers to know the community they work for and any problems within that community. They attend many meetings having to do with crime and the hope of being able to resolve certain criminal activity or the atmosphere for criminal acts to occur. This style is the more proactive approach and focuses more on correcting environmental matters that help facilitate a crime and programs such as rehabilitation to help substance abusers and teen pregnancy in getting their act cleaned up, not causing it to be repeated (University of Phoenix, 2004). The direction in which the problem-solving style of communication flows would be unidirectional. Everyone here is trying to help someone, so we can have a better society.
Restorative Justice Patricia Crawford Grantham University January 8, 2013 Restorative Justice Restorative justice is a theory of justice that calls attention to repairing the harm caused by criminal behavior. The main goal of restorative justice is to bring together those most affected by these criminal acts, which include the victim, the offender and the community in a process to encourage the offender to bring themselves accountable and meet the needs of the victims. This helps to repair the harm that was caused by the crime committed. A restorative justice process aims to empower victims to participate effectively with open communication and meditation with their offenders. Healing is very important not just for the victims but also the offenders.