POLICE AND LAW ENFORCEMENT
April Lee, Michelle C Smith, Guillermo Amaro, and Ernesto Rivas
March 10, 2012
What issues do police (agencies, personnel, etc.) face on a day to day basis?
Law enforcement agencies face multiple issues in today’s society. There are many stressors in police work. Much of the stress associated with police work comes from recruiting and retaining police officers. One of the chief stressors of recruitment and retention flows from the nature of our diverse societies. Both the U S. and Canada have significant ethnic populations living within their borders.
In areas of each country with non-English speaking minorities, police departments stress the importance of having officers that have the ability to investigate a crime or deal with a victim in his or her native language. Further, it is a complex task to recruit police officers for diverse communities who are not only qualified, but also bring with them an awareness or connection with the community. (michelle smith)
How does this impact them from a legal standpoint?
Officers live and work in a constantly changing and dynamically social context in which they are exposed to a myriad of ethical conflicts. When either unprepared or unaware, officers are more likely to "go with the flow" than they would be if they were adequately prepared to face potentially ethical risks. Every day, officers practice mental preparation as it relates to tactical situations. Officers who are mentally prepared to face a lethal encounter are more likely to be successful than other officers who are tactically proficient but mentally unprepared. Just like lethal encounters, ethical dilemmas occur at the most inopportune times, frequently without warning and with little time to stop and think about situation. When inadequately prepared, even the most honest, above...