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Police Accountability vs. Police Independence - Introduction The debate regarding police independence versus police accountability has been hotly contested since at least the 1960s.1 At the heart of the debate are questions relating to the degree and manner of oversight to which police forces should be subjected, while maintaining the independence of those polices forces to carry out their duties free from undue political (or other) interferences. This essay examines the principles underlying the “independence of the office of constable”, the notion of responsible government, and how the interaction between these two ideas has been characterised in the literature....   [tags: Police Governance and Accountability]
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How To Reduce Police Corruption - The majority of peace officers are committed to the profession they chose. They view the career as a calling, a dedication to perform a public service to their community. Being a police officer requires one to continually strive for perfection, but there is no such thing as a perfect cop. What makes a good cop turn bad. Many factors can attribute to police corruption, but the question that should be asked is if it can be stopped. Although police agencies have progressed greatly from its beginning, police corruption is the black mark that will forever leave a stain of embarrassment within an organization....   [tags: Police Ethics, Police Integrity]
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Police Misconduct and Corruption - Within our police system in America, there are gaps and loopholes that give leeway to police officials who either abuse the authority given to them or do not represent the ethical standards that they are expected to live up to by society. Because of the nature of police work, there is a potential for deterioration of these ethical and moral standards through deviance, misconduct, corruption, and favoritism. Although these standards are set in place, many police officers are not held accountable for their actions and can easily get by with the mistreatment of others because of their career title....   [tags: Police Racism, Police Ethics]
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The Use of Police Canines - ... It is the trainer’s job to distinguish which fits the dog the best. Behavior Theory: Effects of Jute “Jute” is protective equipment that is worn during training to allow the canine to bite without hurting the trainer. This interferes with training process of canines while searching buildings. Canines that are trained with the “Jute” method respond to the odor of the jute rather than human scent. “Human scent is composed of skin flakes, perspiration, skin oils, and gaseous components that are perceived by dogs through their Olfactory senses” (O’Heare)....   [tags: police sciences]
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The Police Force - Throughout history the police force has severely changed, with the first forms of policing appearing in the Anglo-Saxon period in England; where the king would provide protection to the civilians for a tax (Mawby, 1999). Centuries later and the principles of protecting the people are generally the same. However, in recent times crimes and perpetrators are becoming more sophisticated; the need for higher abilities to control and manage these complicated situations is becoming more prevalent. It can be seen that the entry requirements into the police force are also dramatically increasing over the decades....   [tags: American History, Police Training] 1828 words
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Police Brutality is a Criminal Act - Police brutality is a very real problem that many Americans face today. The police carry an enormous burden each day. Police work is very stressful and involves many violent and dangerous situations. In many confrontations the police are put in a position in which they may have to use force to control the situation. There are different levels of force and the situation dictates the level use most of the time. The police have very strict rules about police use force and the manner in which they use it....   [tags: Use of Excessive Force by Police ] 1671 words
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A Career as a Police Officer - It would be fulfilling to be a police officer because police officers help people in the community and keep it safe. They also enforce the law. They are the reason why people can live their lives in peace. If there is anyone in the community that citizens can trust it would be the police officers. Police officers have to accomplish many things in their workday. (Career Cruising.com) They have to write detailed reports and fill out forms.(Career Cruising.com) They are responsible for making sure that people obey the law and are kept safe at all times.(Career Cruising.com) They also observe the activities of suspects.(Career Cruising.com) Cops have to gather facts and collect evidence from...   [tags: safety issues, police officers]
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Unreasonable Searches By Police Are Illegal - No one should be searched without a good reason and warrant. People should have the right of privacy- it is important to them. It is ethical for police to have search warrants before searching a person’s personal belongings. There have been recent conflicts on police powers over the pass years. Police are disobeying the fourth amendment by searching illegally. Critics frown upon police, while supporters agree with the police. Being searched without a permit is unconstitutional, and police could take advantage of their power, and abuse it....   [tags: Police vs the Fourth Amendment]
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Developing a Responsive Police Organisation - "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power." -- Abraham Lincoln INTRODUCTION The responsibility to maintain a peaceful society is shared by each level of government; local, state, and federal. However, because crime is an immediate threat to the communities, the police have a highly visible and primary role in overcoming the threat and fear of crime. The process of policing a democratic society is complex and due to this fact, a police department is probably one of the most difficult public institutions to manage effectively....   [tags: Police Organization and Management]
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We Must Put an End to Police Brutality - Rodney King, one of America’s most powerful civil rights activists for people abused by police, has taught the world a lesson in his plea: “People, I just want to say, can’t we all get along?” On March 3, 1991, after a high-speed chase, King was pulled out of his car, thrown on to the ground, and beaten up by the Los Angeles police, which George Holliday videotaped. The four L.A.P.D. officers involved were charged with assault with a deadly weapon and one officer was charged with using of excessive force....   [tags: Police Misconduct, Police Shootings]
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Preventing Police Brutality in Canada - Early in the 17th century was when the first modern day policing was expected to have begun. Ever since the 18th century begun, incidences of police using excess force by abusing their power have been quite common. As time progressed, these wrongful actions by police have been entitled as police brutality. Police brutality is defined as" the use of excessive force used by police dealing with public... excessive force can be either physical, verbal, and/or psychological". According to this definition, whether it be arresting someone with too much force or even uttering certain statements, can all be classified as police brutality....   [tags: Toronto Police Brutality] 2183 words
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Writing a Police Report Narrative - Report writing is a form of writing that gives it reader information a type of writing that explain what is taking place or what has taking it a recounting of events . Most newspapers use this type of descriptive recreation of events within their report writing they explain the circumstances of case, court proceeding, type of crime that occurred, etc. (Police reports and there purpose (n.d). Newspaper writer try to explain to the readers what took place and why it is or should be topics of concern police report writing follow the same guidelines....   [tags: Writing Police Reports] 1344 words
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Police and Corruption - Police Corruption Introduction Corruption is the term the is conjured up to several imagery and stereotype in whatever context it is applied with the media notably being met in referenced encounters to businesses as well as professions in addition to politics as well as several other areas in the life of society. Each of the specific approaches provides a contribution to the citizens in an ordinary perception of individuals as well as organizations referring to reports and possible contributions to perceptions that have changed....   [tags: Society, Stereotypes, Imagery, Police Force]
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The Principles of Police Leadership - All organizations, especially law enforcement agencies, require leadership. Maintaining a dependable leadership structure is key to the success of any organization. The philosophy of the modern style of police leadership involves a leader who is strong, competitive and unreceptive to change. Police leadership is based from an autocratic style which is founded on integrity and courage, embracing teamwork, involvement and shared leadership (Cordner & Scarborough, 2010). This style of leadership works well in an emergency situation in which rapid decision making and strict control is needed....   [tags: Police Organization and Administration]
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Police Legitimacy and Accountability - Policing relies on the public trust, police legitimacy and accountability, which can be destroyed by unjustifiable police shootings (Squires and Kennninson, 2010). Within this country, there is a recognition that the police do not always adhere to the rule of law (Newburn and Reiner, 2012: 809), which has led to consistent public outrage at the lack of effectiveness and legitimacy the police has maintained. Therefore the deliberate decision to enforce police to attend to the streets unarmed was employed to reassure the public that the police were not to be feared (Waddington and Wright, 2010)....   [tags: police shootings, law]
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Police Role in Socety - ... Because this we as police officer serve and protect as well as safeguard liberty is the basic responsibility for every law enforcement agency. As you can see the role of officer is ever changing with political arena, economic and the historical factors that we build our law enforcement obligation and laws that governor them, but it is also true that police officer affect nature of law as to how it is carry out in their everyday assignment. Further with this role we as police officer are thrust in military role by dealing with terrorist who attack our city, and extremists who wants to take control of their race, we as police officer are trying to maintain order within society....   [tags: criminal justice, police, contemporary] 1873 words
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Misuse of Police Powers - Within our police system in America, there are gaps and loopholes that give leeway to police officials who either abuse the authority given to them or do not represent the ethical standards that they are expected to live up to. Because of the nature of police work, there is a potential for deterioration of these ethical and moral standards through deviance, misconduct, corruption, and favoritism. Although these standards are set in place, many police are not held accountable for their actions and can easily get by with the mistreatment of others....   [tags: Police Misconduct, Abuse of Authority]
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The Brazil Police Force - ... The dealers give a percentage of their profits to officers.” (“Corrupt Police and,” 2013) Due to this corruption communities suffer abuse by both gangs and officers as they deal with the existence of violence and a growing drug problem. The favelas in Rio de Janeiro are a leader in police corruption, drug trafficking, and other criminal activities. The favelas in Rio de Janeiro are communities in need that have suffered from abandonment of the government and the rest of the population. They are seen as a cause of social problems due to the lack of government presence....   [tags: police corruption, life of crime] 569 words
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Benefits of Police Discretion - The term discretion has several meanings the liberty to decide what should be done in a specific circumstance is one general universal definition. But when dealing with criminal justice and police work the description changes a bit. The criminal justice definition of discretion is Police discretion discusses the authority given to a police officer that allows him or her to decide how to best handle a certain situation. This is designed at increasing the flexibility of the criminal justice system as the punishment may not always be the suitable approach of dealing with crimes....   [tags: police agencies, mercy, circumstances] 2422 words
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Profiling and Police/Community Relations - Scientific Methods Scientifically, profiling and police-community relations are comprised of a two-fold focus. The first focal point concentrates on attitudes members of a community have about profiling in accordance to actions conducted by police officers upon them in the course of their duties. The second focal point concentrates on the profiling of police officers, as completed by early intervention systems, in an effort to reduce complaints from members of the community. The literature on the attitudes which community members have about profiling states that race, personal experience, and media framing influence the public’s perception (Graziano, Schuck, & Martin, 2010; Weitzer & Tuch,...   [tags: Profiling and Police Legitimacy]
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Police Force and Discretion - The degree of force that officers use is heavily influenced by police discretion in real-world situations rather than espoused by a certain agenda. Discretion can be classified into four different categories where administrators, the community, and the individual police officer exercise differing degrees of influence in decision-making. What is needed to help officer discretion is a central ethos that will guide discretion when all other rules fail to help. Normal force is distinct from legal and brutal force (Hunt, 1985)....   [tags: Public Safety, Police Discretion] 758 words
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Police Brutality and Profiling - America as a people gloat when it comes to our freedoms we think we have it better than every other country out there but the protectors of our freedom are becoming fear and hated because of the injustices committed by certain officers. Some say life of an officer is hard because they do not know if they will ever see their family again after they drive out of their house in the morning, others might say every officer knows what they were signing up for so they should not be pitied. Police officers face dangers everyday but profiling and racially motivated brutality is not justifiable and officers should be severely punished for committing these crimes....   [tags: police officers, traffic stops]
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Aggravating Factors that Lead to Excessive Force by Police Force - In order to find relevant information on the subject, parameters were set up to help identify the most pertinent and useful information. The articles used in this review needed to be current (published within the last 20 years). The articles moreover needed to include a suitable designed study and/or a suitable designed literature review in relevance to excessive force and the abuse of police authority. The reviewed literature included a thorough evaluation from an analysis of secondary data consisting of information gathered from criminal justice peer reviewed journal articles of when excessive force occurs the most and how force can be determined by organizational, individual and situation...   [tags: police brutality]
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Police Officers: The Challange of Handlig a Riot - Each and every-day of our lives we are protected by men and women in the police force. Police officers must handle extremely dangerous situations like fights, robberies, or even riots. During riots police officers use many weapons to subdue rioters, but sometimes the less lethal weapons can be just as bad as the lethal ones. What do you think the world would be like if you didn’t have anybody to enforce the law every day, or when you are in trouble and there is nobody is there to come and help you....   [tags: Rioters vs Police]
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Police Misconduct: The Case of Ian Tomlinson - This report will be on the Police service. It will explain who the police are and their role and function within the Criminal Justice System and society. In addition, it will talk about police misconduct and the results of police misconduct within the police, government and society. The police was set up originally in 1829 by Robert Peel, who was home secretary at the time. It was created because as society became more complex, they needed a way to deal with civil disorder without using the military (Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime 2014)....   [tags: Police Misconduct Essays]
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The Social Dynamics of the Police Use of Force - When it comes to the criminal justice system, legal rulings only provide a systematic method of dealing with the problem of crime and, especially, the problem surrounding the police use of force. In Graham vs. Conner, for example, the courts established the four-factor test to evaluate police use of excessive force but left other, underlying social and moral dilemmas untouched. Furthermore, the influence money has in negotiating punishment via lawyers and bail, have made the courts a perfect playing field for the political and social elite to rule....   [tags: Police Use of Force] 1562 words
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Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 - ... Police abuse of police stop and search powers were cited as one of the causes (Jackson 2003:80). The 1981 Royal Commission on Criminal Procedure identified a number of defects in the stop and search laws. These being primarily that the laws were inconsistent across police forces and were either inadequate or required clarification. The report proposed, inter alia, that there should be a uniform power of stop and search throughout England and Wales and that such powers should replace all existing powers....   [tags: police power to stop and search] 1895 words
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An Argument Against Racial Profiling by Police - This essay will bring to light the problem of racial profiling in the police force and propose the eradication of any discrimination. The Fourth Amendment states “the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” Despite this right, multiple minorities across the country suffer at the hands of police officers through racial profiling; the singling out of a person or persons as the main suspect of a crime based on...   [tags: Anti Racial Profiling by Police]
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The United States as a Global Police Force - If you had to choose a nation to take on the power of protecting the world basically as a global police force who would you choose to take on this big responsibility. Well most of the countries are choosing the U.S. well the troops feel different on this topic they feel like it is not our duty to try and solve everyone else’s problem. They also need to help with issues that this is needed and we are the best trained and best equipped to react to any scenario. Because the united states is making two new brigades that are trained to resolve issues without violence and to depend more on social skills but still trained well enough to fight in a pinch, and we have thousands of troops deployed al...   [tags: International Police Force]
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The MOVE Organization vs Philadelphia Police - The MOVE Organization surfaced in Philadelphia in the early 1970’s. The MOVE movement was one of “back-to-nature,” which was poorly understood by their urban neighbors and the local government and possibly by the organization itself (McCoy). John Africa, who is said to have been illiterate, founded MOVE. It was a loosely organized and sparsely populated organization. I argue that the failure of MOVE to “bow to the man” and the lack of police and government self-control, led to the abuse of power and police brutality that culminated on May 13, 1985 of which the magnitude Black’s theories fail to predict....   [tags: Police Brutality Essays]
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Law Enforce Agencies: Police Corruption - ... Corruption usually begins after the officer accepts small gratuities such as free coffee, free meals, etc. “When loyalty to the subculture becomes too strong, the solidarity that follows can adversely affect the ethical values of officers,” (Martin). Consensus in police subculture refers to the loyalty that each officer has for each other where some officers will always have one another’s back. Law enforcement managers must create and enforce a rule of ethics throughout their agency. First, the organization must attribute to a set of requirements guiding values that represent codes for employees’ attitudes at all levels and depict that ethics play a critical role in an officer’s achievem...   [tags: police wrongdoing, morals ] 2815 words
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Police Job Descriptions - A job description involves giving the roles and responsibilities which an individual or a group of people are supposed to accomplish in their various careers or departments. The purpose of a job description is to make someone aware of the duties to carry out and what are the expected outcomes. In giving a job description the following are included; the job title, what are the objectives of the job, daily tasks to be performed, the working conditions and a clear guidance and instructions to be adopted (BIS, 2011)....   [tags: Police Officers, Victim Advocate]
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Excessive Use of Force by Police Personnel - Excessive use of force by police personnel has become a key issue in modern police departments. Various cases of excessive use of force have sprung up and the judiciary has to deal with such cases more often. These incidents gain the most media attention, which can unfortunately overlook successful police operations. Therefore, this paper will dig deeper into the escalation of use of force by police personnel. It seeks to define what “excessive force” means, and the various methods in which the police use to subdue a suspect....   [tags: key issues in modern police departments] 2134 words
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Should Police Officers be Required to Maintain Physical Fitness Standards? - In 1997, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted a study that looked at forty cases of “serious assault” against a law enforcement agency member nationwide. Of the fifty-two officers involved in the incidents, forty-seven self-identified as being in “excellent” health at the time. Each of these officers were involved in some type of physical fitness program, typically weightlifting and/or running. In these incidences of “serious assault,” law enforcement officers regularly accredited their surviving the incidence to their maintaining a high level of physical fitness....   [tags: police officers, police academy, police fitness]
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Changes of Police Culture - Introduction The New Zealand Police is the lead agency responsible for helping the community to decrease or reduce crime, corruption and improve the responsibility of safety and protection in New Zealand. There is a need to make changes to the police culture in order to improve the performance of their organisation. However there are three fundamental errors that need to be addressed which will be discussed in this essay. Firstly, there is a lack of an established sense of urgency which has the potential to jeopardize the future of the organization....   [tags: New Zealand Police, Lead Agency, Community]
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Elimination of Corruption in the WA (Western Australia) Police Force - WA (Western Australia) Police Force began their chapter in history of Australian Policing in 1829 when few constables were appointed to patrol Perth and Fremantle. The first woman police officer was appointed in 1917 for some specialised services until they were fully incorporated in 1970s (WA Police, 2011). Today WA Police mans 2.5 million square kilometres which is the largest single jurisdiction (WA Police, 2011). Currently WA Police force is under a lot of scrutiny due to numerous corruption charges against the police officers....   [tags: Western Australia Police Force ] 2255 words
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The Discretion of the Police - In this paper, I will be writing about Police Discretion. I will start by defining Police Discretion then briefly discuss the use of discretion in domestic disturbances, minor misdemeanors, and traffic enforcement. I will also discuss the application of police discretion, the provisions it uses and how it is currently practiced. At the end of these brief descriptions, I will then present the myth that exists in regards to police discretion. And finally, I will end this paper with my personal opinion as well as a brief conclusion....   [tags: Police Officers Laws Safety Essays]
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Effects of Organizational Culture on Police Decision Making - This essay discusses the effects of the police organizational culture on a Police officer’s ability to make independent decisions. Every culture is composed of four elements: “values, norms, beliefs, and expressive symbols” (Peterson, 1979, p. 137). Each police officer is influenced by the police organizational culture during training. After graduation fro the police academy, the officer is influenced by the more experienced officers of the department. Research conducted by several authors has found that peer influence never ceases even after years of experience in the field....   [tags: Police Decision-Making]
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Industrial Relations Between the Union, State, Miners, and Police - During the 1980s, Trade Unions encountered significant challenges and losses, this occurred against a backdrop of rapid expansion and influence. Before the 1979 conservative election victory it was distinctively voluntarist, with minor legislative intervention. (Gallie et al, 1996).Two strikes in particular, the miners’ strike and the News International industrial dispute changed the face of Industrial Relations in the UK. The conduct and outcome of the disputes led to significant changes with regards to the role of the state, the role of employers and the power of the unions in contemporary Industrial relations....   [tags: union, state, miners, police] 1932 words
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Semantic Differential Scale to Assess the Public Image of Police - 1. Introduction It is well known that human society cannot evolve or exist in the absence of a general and a coherent structure. In this context, Police plays a central role, operating as a rule of law institution. Thus, as the basic element of the criminal justice system, Police is responsible for enforcing the law by democratic methods, primarily involving close cooperation with the public, respect for individual rights and constitutional guarantees, and the resort to force in as little. Therefore, in a society which has become increasingly more complex, the role of the police tends to be versatile, so that the outcomes, or in other words, its effectiveness, ultimately depend on a wide ra...   [tags: Police Community Relations]
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Acting as the World's Police Force is Bankrupting America - Ever since the early civilizations of the human race there has always been some type of police force seeking to maintain law and order to prevent chaos. Today in the United States the Military are working hard to defend our borders and allow us to go by our daily lives without the fear of being attacked by those who oppose what our country stands for and what we believe in. Without an armed force there would be no one to uphold the law which means people would be able to act in whatever way they please....   [tags: Global Police Force]
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The American Police State in the Twenty-Second Century - The American Police State in the Twenty-Second Century Experts say that computing efficiency doubles every 18 months (Greene). This rapid advance of cyber technology, along with society’s growing dependence on computers to communicate at home, at work, and for e-commerce, exponentially increases the risk that our cyber information systems will be exploited or abused by disgruntled workers, pranksters, criminals or terrorists. On November 14, 2013, FBI director James Comey, testifying before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, said “cyber-attacks were likely to eclipse terrorism as a domestic danger over the next decade” (Ackerman)....   [tags: cyber, technology, danger, police] 3341 words
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Police Brutality a Violation of Human Rights - Police brutality is one of the most serious human rights violations in the United States and it occurs everywhere. The reason why I chose this topic is because police brutality happens all the time in the United States and still remains unrecognized by many. Additionally, the public should be knowledgeable about this topic because of how serious this crime can be and the serious outcomes that police brutality can have on other police officers and the public. The job of police officers is to maintain public order, prevent, and detect crimes....   [tags: Police, Law Enforcers, Violence, Human Rights]
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A Handons Experience with the City of Miami Police Department - Introduction Many of us that are born in a different country have a clue about the real party life style a person in Miami has. Not even those that live in outer states can come close enough about what Miami has to offer. Miami consist of beautiful woman, beaches, great tourist spots, and amazing night clubs. The night life in Miami is a totally different atmosphere than during the day. Starting with the people, cultures, music, and the way they are dressed down to their body language and acts they create....   [tags: drugs, police, city life] 1713 words
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Police Brutality and Corruption - Police Brutality and Corruption Corruption in policing is viewed as the misuse of authority by a police officer acting officially to fulfill his/her personal needs or wants. There are two distinct elements of corruption; 1) misuse of authority, 2) personal attainment. The occupational subculture of policing is a major factor in both creating police corruption, by initiating officers into corrupt activities, and sustaining it, by covering up corrupt activities by other officers. Police corruption is a complex phenomenon, which does not readily submit to simple analysis....   [tags: Police Corruption] 678 words
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Affects of Job Related Stress in Police Officers - When it comes to police officers, people often think about times they’ve been pulled over or the television show ‘COPS’. Just like anything else, a person’s perception of police officers and their work depends on previous interactions with them and what they have seen in the media. What is often overlooked by the general public, are the stressors that police officers face in their field of work and how such stress can affect their personal lives. There are several cases in which researchers studied the cause and effect of work related stress and what effects there are on people in law enforcement....   [tags: Law Enforcement, Police Officers, Cops]
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Is Excessive Force in Police Brutality Related to Race - The perception of excessive force has been fiercely debated for the last two to three decades. With continuous civil disobedience, increasing cases of police brutality are growing at an exponential rate. Often cases of police brutality are brought to our attention through public media showcasing very disturbing and sometimes unlawful situations. Some may say that prejudice toward certain ethnicities may be the root cause of this recent influx. However, some may say that resulting social inequalities towards certain ethnicities may bring about frustration thus causing police officers to use more force more often....   [tags: racism, excessive force, police, violence]
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Aggravating Factors that Lead to Excessive Force by Police Officers - The use of force by police officers is under scrutiny from both individuals and other police officers. Many people wonder how much force law enforcement officers should use, and at what point does the use of force become excessive. The major research question within the studies provided is: What contributes to the use of excessive force. What causes police officers to go to the extreme when using force. Research has examined the use of force used by some police officers when it comes to arresting, obtaining, and securing the streets for public safety....   [tags: use of force lawsuits, police brutality]
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Racial Profiling by Police Is Ineffective and Reduces Public Safety - ... was a Texas man who was accused of rape. Court documents stated that a 26 year old woman and a male friend were robbed at gunpoint by two black men in the parking lot of a Dallas liquor store in November 1979. The two men ordered the couple to drive, they forced the man out of the car and took the women to a nearby park where they raped her and stole her fur coat. Cornelius Dupree and another man Anthony Massigill were arrested in December 1979, after the lady picked their photos out of a photo lineup....   [tags: police techniques, racial profiling, terrorism]
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Principles of Good Policing: Avoiding Violence Between Police and Citizens - Thesis Statement: police discretion is the framework for promoting justice in police-citizen interactions in the traffic sector.     Police officers face a myriad of challenges in their line of duty. Most cases necessitate sound decisions to settle disputes amicably. When they apply discretion in an incoherent manner, they may end up abusing human rights. Therefore, they apply it when dealing with legal sanctions such as making arrests, giving out a ticket and stopping the offending party. Miller, Blackler and Alexandra (2006) state "police are specialized role players who preserve order and enforce the law" (p....   [tags: Police-Citizen Interactions]
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Putting an End to Police Brutality - The police play a vital role in today’s justice system; they are the heroes that catch armed banked robbers, stop kidnappings, and catch murderers that terrorize communities: or at least that is how they are portrayed. While police activities are much more mundane than the public may think, police are given total authority over the public to keep the streets safe. In Steven Lukes’ article, power, he gives a general definition of power as “the capacity to bring about outcomes” (Lukes 59), but that in actuality, a single definition for “power” is very controversial....   [tags: Reducing Police Abuse of Force]
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Police Chief for the City of Dover - Summary: With the recent resignation of Police Chief Charles Johnson, the city of Dover has received 53 applications for the vacant position. To sort through the applicants a four step process has been implemented. They include screening respondents, a review board in which the candidates will be interviewed and subsequently ranked, interview with City Manager Spanning and finally a meeting with the city council. It is upon the appointment of City Manager Will Spanning and the confirmation of the seven member city council that the position will be filled....   [tags: Applications for Police Chief] 416 words
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Police Profiling is Racist - Many people in the United States are against police profiling in our cities and towns against African-Americans and other minorities, while they are supporters of racial profiling in our airports. This research paper investigates how profiling everywhere can help improve our security, while not crossing the fine line into racism. This paper also shows some examples of when profiling has turned into racism, and how we can prevent this. There are many people in the United States that are against police profiling....   [tags: Police Prejudice Racism]
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Ellen Kirschman’s I Love a Cop: What Police Families Need to Know - Families of police officers often do not know what to expect once their loved ones join the police force. I love a cop is a good guide for helping family members understand what their officer may face and how to deal with certain situations that may come up. Kirschman walks you through the whole time of service from the officer’s rookie year to retirement. Since the book deals with primarily a high stressful job the book can be applied to other stressful and demanding careers as well. I even found a few helpful tips that could be applied to my life....   [tags: Analysis, Police, Families, Psychology]
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Three Ways Police and Probation Officers can Reduce Gang Violence - Police and probation officers use two words to describe their jobs, to protect and to serve. Not only do they put their lives in danger every day, but also help the community in more ways than one. Some ways that police and probation officers can help lower gang violence is by implementing laws more accordingly, establishing a relationship with troubled youth, and creating programs that benefit their well-being. The root of gang violence all begins at home and then spreads. A troubled teen may be lacking the love and attention from their parent whether it is because they work too much, or simply do not care....   [tags: neutral zone, teen gangs, police officers]
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Police Abuse of Discretion - “But they didn't have to beat me this bad. I don't know what I did to be beat up." Rodney King, March 3, 1991. Police Brutality has been a long lasting problem in the United States since at least 1903 when police Captain Williams of the New York Police Department said the phrase, "There is more law at the end of a policeman's nightstick than in a decision of the Supreme Court." In the 1920's the Wichersham Commission had a number of instances of police brutality. Many of these included the use of the "third degree" (beating to obtain a confession)....   [tags: Police Discretion Violence Crime Abuse Brutality]
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Police Discretion - Police Discretion Police discretion by definition is the power to make decisions of policy and practice. Police have the choice to enforce certain laws and how they will be enforced. “Some law is always or almost always enforced, some is never or almost never enforced, and some is sometimes enforced and sometimes not” (Davis, p.1). Similarly with discretion is that the law may not cover every situation a police officer encounters, so they must use their discretion wisely. Until 1956, people thought of police discretion as “taboo”....   [tags: Police Crime Criminal Descretion Essays]
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The Police - Sidney approached the entrance leading to the stairs and the bed waiting above. Not much time for sleep since leaving Sunday, and the need weighed heavily upon him. “Wha—what took place here?” Police tape barred his way. On the apartment and not the restaurant, he thought; don’t think care for the explanation. The answer meant something happened to Sally, which gave digestion trouble. His key turned in the lock and he warily pushed the door open. He ducked the tape, and headed up the stairs. A stair squeaked under him, and he paused to listen....   [tags: creative writing, imaginative writing] 985 words
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Are Illegal Police Quotas Still Affecting American Citizens? - Are Illegal Police Quotas Still Affecting American Citizens. Just this past summer, one of my good friends was driving through Harrisonburg on his way home from work, when he noticed the one thing all drivers dread, flashing blue lights closing in on him fast. While pulling to the side of the road, he realized there was not one, but two police cars behind him. He knew he had only been going five miles per hour over the speed limit, so he was worried as to why two police cars had just pulled him over....   [tags: Police Quotas Journalism Journalistic Papers]
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Police Misconduct and Police Brutality - ... The only evidence they had now was the police officers attacking Rodney King. Every action we make has a reason as to why it was done. Police brutality has it’s own reasons that, to some, may be shocking. Racism, as the main cause of brutality, has lead police officers to choose their victims depending on their race. The top two races that are most victimized are African-Americans ,the Rodney King case, and Hispanics, suspecting all hispanics are illegal. Another reason why police officers are so unreasonably anxious is because of their post 9/11 paranoia....   [tags: racism, action, statistics] 976 words
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The Police Academy: Police Training in the United States - Prior to the creation of the formal police academy, officers were taught using various methods that were not always effective or conducive to the work required of an officer. As a result, ill-equipped officers flooded the streets of nineteenth-century America, often unable to perform the primary duty of their job: protecting the public. The United States, inspired by England and other countries with better-developed public safety systems, desperately needed a method of ensuring safety for its people....   [tags: Law Enforcement]
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