Policing Roles and Functions

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Police Department Roles and Functions Crystal Hidaro CJA 214 August 08, 2012 Brent Kagawa Abstract This paper contains material stating the duties, roles and functions of a patrol worker. The introduction introduces each role that a patrol officer takes on when he or she puts on their uniform and steps out into the line of duty. The body of this paper discusses into detail the bits and pieces that add into the patrol workers daily duties. Patrol work contains many multitasking and functions which the general public may not be fully aware of. This paper will, however, give a broad retrospect on the overview of what is requested and required of a patrol worker but not what they are limited to. Police Department Roles and Functions There are many principal roles that officers play daily to reduce crime. To make sure crime is contained some of the roles as officer’s conflict with one another. These roles include: enforcing the law, arresting offenders, preventing crime, preserving the peace and providing service. Policing is one of the few occupations which have intimate connections with social life, social change and social progress. In 1977 Goldstein had identified the ideal set of police functions. Aside from above listed functions, police should also resolve conflict and maintain a sense of security in the community. To enforce the law police workers must first know and understand the laws of the community and what is important. Arresting offenders is a way that police enforce the law. Offenders found breaking the law such as vandalizing property, harming someone or themselves or disobeying or violating an officer will be arrested. Preserving the peace and preventing crime is an officer’s main concern. Reduction of crime enables the community to feel more secure along with the fact of knowing that there are people out there who live to enforce the law a

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