The book Armed & Dangerous: Memoirs of a Chicago Policewoman is a biography of Gina Gallo career as a police officer. She served as a police officer for Chicago P.D. from 1982-1998. Gallo addresses the infamous “Blue Wall of Silence” by recalling events in which it was used. She offers a unique perspective of her duty as a police officer, she not only tells of incidences and crimes she dealt with but also what goes through an officers mind afterwards. Gina Gallo’s memoir of her time as a police officer follows her story from the police academy to the call that ends her career. She exposes the reader to what it is like to be a police officer through her various calls. Some of hear accounts are heartbreaking dealing with crimes against children, …show more content…
Her field training officer Vaughn does not like getting involved with dangerous calls sticking to mostly writing tickets. When Vaughn is told the Watch Commander is riding on their job and they are not where they are supposed to be. Vaughn turns on the lights and sirens and speeds in excess of 60 miles per hour but he fails to see a car pulling out of a parking space and they crash. Gallo’s seatbelt malfunctioned and she ends up through the windshield while she is recovering at the hospital Vaughn reminds her of the most important rule to cover your …show more content…
But with this book I finished reading it within 3 days because it was so interesting and I wanted to hear more of Gallo’s stories, more of her perspective of what it’s like to be a police officer. And she tells it like it is, she recounts of some horrendous and heartbreaking calls she has had to deal with. Armed & Dangerous is a very well written book that switches between different accounts and her thoughts and feelings. It’s not just a continuous recount of her assignments, she adds what is going through her head before and after the assignments and how they are changing her. In class we have discussed use of officer discretion which is widely used in Armed & Dangerous. The officer using their judgement to handle certain situations. Gallo mentions “The job teaches us early on that, for any cop, your brain is your most powerful weapon.” (pg. 79). In some neighborhoods involving gangs, Gallo has to keep a low profile and not draw attention to herself otherwise she might be shot at by gang members. She also learns that people are more comfortable talking to female cops than male cops because they are more understanding. Officer discretion is very important for the protection of an
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"Brooklyn Cop” written by Norman MacCaig, a Scottish poet, is about an American cop who roams the streets tackling crime. Our impression of the stereotypical cop changes throughout the poem as we find that he isn’t all that he is made out to be. This essay will look at how the cop is portrayed and the techniques used to give this impression of him.
Gilmartin begins by describing the typical rookie officer. Most are energetic, idealistic, enthusiastic and very driven. Quickly this enthusiasm can change from one of positivity to one that is very cynical and emotionally charged. These behaviors and thoughts over time if not corrected become exacerbated leading to noticeable mental and physical changes. The author, Gilmartin, uses personal experiences and other real life stories effectively so that many officers can relate and identify with the topic of the book.
Law enforcement officers do not only se laws when it comes to making decisions. They also se police discretion when it comes to doing their jobs. To understand police discretion, we have to understand what it is, how and why it is used, and what factors influence it. Though upholding the law is an essential part of being a police officer, there is also a human aspect that must be taken into account. The law alone is not the only resource police officers use when doing their jobs.
First, Mona’s father wanted her to become a cop when she was young. “I always wanted to be a police officer, m’ija. But someone like me…no, not me, I lack an education. These hands are good only for hard work, yes? But you, someday, you should be a police officer. To show people that Mexicana can do a good job, too. For respect, for honor, for you raza..”(21). Mona’s family moved from Mexico and settled at Santa Ana, CA. City of Santa Ana was dangerous because majority of residents were involved in a gang. Also there were a lot of involvements with police officers. From this circumstance and the situation, Mona’s dad and herself does not want to be involved into this society. Instead, Mona’s dad encouraged her daughter to become a police officer. Also, Mona’s dad identifies a police officer as an a...
Policemen were only people who should be blamed in Butler’s case. James Stevens pointed on him, but it was a forgivable mistake of a shocked man. He saw a young, healthy-lean African-American man, and his brain recognized the shooter by mentioning a familiar image. The same thing could happen with a Hispanic or white teenager with a specific bodily composition or outlook. This documentary evokes fear, as it suggests people of different social groups are unprotected against the police abuse. It was the African-American teenager here, but in a different district or other circumstances the victim could be a middle-aged “redneck” or a former female drug
Discretion is defined by Pollock (2010) as, “having the authority to choose between two or more courses of behavior. Law enforcement professionals have a great deal of discretion regarding when to enforce the law, how to enforce it, how to handle disputes, when to use force, and so on. Every day is filled with decision-some minor, some major.” (p.198) When I look at this definition of discretion I feel that these officers are faced with many different issues when it comes to making decisions that can be viewed as fair. This is when I feel that the officer has to make ethical decisions in order to be considered fair, creating trust in the public, while making a good name for the department.
-Cops, Teachers, Counselors is a collection of (mostly) truth stories and experiences gathered by the authors Steven Maynard-Moody and Michael Musheno through interviews and research. From street-level patrol officers to public school teachers this book will strive to shed some light on some of more memorable moments in these people’s careers trying to deal with other people’s problem. There is drama, bloodshed, and even a bit of some romance in these tales but there is also accounts of strife, empathy, and humility. Although some of these people had to makes some pretty hard decisions, they strive to do the rights thing while also trying to maintain a handle on the situation. Thus through their efforts some of these people were able to find
Discretion is defined as the authority to make a decision of policy and practice while having the choice between two or more possible means of handling a situation. It refers to the authority granted to a police officer that allows him to decide how best to deal with a certain situation. In policing, this includes the decision at times of when, where, how, and what laws to enforce. Every police officer has a great deal of discretion concerning when to use their authority, power, persuasion, or force. Depending on how an officer sees their duty to society will determine an officer’s discretion. By exercising discretion, a police officer can keep juveniles out of the criminal justice system or intentionally involve them in it, by implementing various methods. Two major aspects of policing are the factors that influence police discretion and the ways in which police process juveniles who come to their
Discretion is defined as the authority to make a decision between two or more choices (Pollock, 2010). More specifically, it is defined as “the capacity to identify and to document criminal and noncriminal events” (Boivin & Cordeau, 2011). Every police officer has a great deal of discretion concerning when to use their authority, power, persuasion, or force. Depending on how an officer sees their duty to society will determine an officer’s discretion. Discretion leads to selective enforcement practices and may result in discrimination against certain groups of people or select individuals (Young, 2011). Most police officer discretion is exercised in situations with individuals (Sherman, 1984).
The perspective of police has gone down given all the negative attention they have received as of late. Some people believed that there is a great deal of division between the two, and uniting the law enforcement and the public will change that perception. “Equipping a body camera gives the people the ability to realize the greatness that cops do (Arnett, 2015).” The unfortunate truth is that there have been cases, which have made all police officers appeared awful, while that is not the situation. There are many occasions that cops make an extraordinary effort to help individuals, for example, when two cops chose to step up and assist a father that was down on his luck with three small kids and no car seats. "Perceiving the family was down on their luck, Gower and Hawkins chose to purchase the young girls; ages one, three, and four; car seats as opposed to ticketing the father. "Giving him three tickets, it would not do any good," Gower told KVUE. "Those children were all the while must be driven some place, some way or another with no car seats." Said Hawkins: "We just ventured off to the side and said we have to make the best choice and get this family some car seats." (Blossom, 2015 section 4) These are the
The use of discretion in the profession of law enforcement has shown to be an inevitable practice. Police officers routinely use their own beliefs and judgments to make critical decisions that include the life and liberty of the citizens in the community they serve in. Although discretion has both negative and positive sides to it, discretion is impossible to be eliminated from law enforcement. The best way to use discretion in a safe manner is to practice using discretion while on and off duty as well. While practicing discretion, officers should keep their own beliefs and prejudice to themselves and out of line of duty. When police officers are on duty, they must have knowledge of what is going on around them and eliminate discriminatory factors and use confidence to make a lawful
Police decisions can affect life, liberty, and property, and as guardians of the interests of the public, police must maintain high standards of integrity. Police discretion concerning how to act in a given situation can often lead to ethical misconduct (Banks 29).