Controlling Police Brutality The police have served an integral part in society as out protectors. Throughout the years, however, scholars as well as we citizens have begun to question the use of force, racism and internal corruption as well as other forms of misconduct by our officers of the law. The excessive use of force by police officers persists because of overwhelming barriers to their accountability. For instance, when police do get in trouble, it is normally a slap on the wrist, a lecture or loss of a vacation day as it stated in the article “Good Cop Bad Cop.” This fact makes it possible for officers who commit these violations to escape punishment and then often repeat their offenses. Every report of abuse is often met with denial or explanation of why the abuse was necessary instead of taking any real action like a suspension or removal of their badge in most cases.
Dismantling Gangs Throughout time, gangs and gang culture have been a distinct force within communities and social ladders worldwide. The government has implemented many ideas and put them forth to work against the gangs, but gangs continue to add to their numbers due to traditional recruiting processes. Gangs make up a significant portion of the United States subcultures in the inner cities and suburbs alike. The only way to combat them is to stick to some sort of effective deterrent against these men and women, which has unfortunately, yet to be found. The politicians and law enforcement agencies need to remember that the gangs must be targeted and attacked as a whole, and not to single out a certain individual within the group.
In recent years, community-oriented policing has emerged as the method of choice for many police forces. As part of the conversion from traditional policing methods to community orientated policing, police forces have become more dependant on a "new breed" of police officers better suited for performing proactive, community oriented policing services. Traditional policing focuses on reducing crime by arresting the criminals. Not only does this risk standardizing everyone who lives in high crime areas, it requires depending on rapid response which makes it almost impossible for the police to avoid being strangers to the community. This concept also
Police Roles and Functions University of Phoenix Police agencies have very many functions; the most important of all is of course the protection of the public. The protection of life and property is police priority weather at local, state, or federal level. Other functions include enforcement of laws, public service, and special duties. Police agencies are responsible for more than just arresting individuals for breaking the law; they are used for multiple tasks throughout their community from performing bailiff duties to speaking with troubled youth at local schools about obeying the law and staying out of trouble. Limiting the functions of police agencies prevents police from doing their job and puts these countries citizens in harm’s way.
Police Brutality Role of a Police Officer The role of a police officer is to keep law in human society. They make sure that they keep criminals off the streets and they make sure that the people keep the speed limits everywhere they go. They have the rights to write tickets, citations, and even arrest people that are taking drastic measures. They are to report to calls such as 911 when criminal activity occurs in neighborhoods and other public areas. They have a few more rights than regular citizens, but they also have laws and rights they have to follow, there only job is to enforce laws in a well mannered civil way unless they feel harmed or in danger.
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.
Discuss the powers of police in the criminal process. Make reference to the role of discretion in the criminal justice system Police powers, refers to the authority that the law enforcement body has when investigating a crime. The powers that police have include search and seizure, access to information, interrogation, electronic surveillance, medical examinations, detention, fingerprints and photographing. These powers allow police to deepen their investigation and to effectively obtain justice for victims and society. Furthermore, the discretion of police can play a large role in the investigation of criminal offences; however, it can lead to certain individuals in society being targeted.
Police Brutality 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 receipt of private information. I will also discuss what and how citizens' rights are taken advantage of by police. For these problems, solutions will be discussed, focusing on political reform, education, and citizen review boards.
State Troopers willingly put themselves at risk for injury and or death to protect the public from harm. CAREERS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE: LAW ENFORCEMENT New York State Police have many job duties that range from writing tickets to speeding motorists to protecting their governors and other visiting officials. They are not bound by the limits of the city but have the entire state as their jurisdiction. State police do not enforce local ordinances as a rule but will, when needed, assist in local investigations. While there are many police agencies that require only a high school diploma there are also many that require at least an associate’s degree or college credit equivalent.
These include the police baton, mace, tasers, handcuffs, police dogs, and firearms. An officer of the law can be properly trained to administer the law in an unbiased way that will not violate a citizen’s rights, however, this is not happening across the United States. According to a recent Amnesty International study, there are thousands of reports each year of assault and ill treatment against officers who use excessive force and violate the human rights of their victims (AIUSA Rights 1999:1). Police officers are injuring and even killing people through the use of excessive force and brutal treatment. A significant problem in this area is that police behavior is abusive of civilian rights, but it is also considered necessary and appropriate police procedure (Geller, 1996:7).