Becoming A Police Officer

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Police departments around the united states always focuses on making the community a safer place, helping the community and make the city or county that police officers work in look good and always looking professional while police officers do their job. It takes a lot of courage to be a police officer, you have to be physically prepared, but, the police officer has to be always mentally prepared, every decision that a police officer makes has to be the right one, if a police officer makes a wrong decision, it could cost your career or someone’s life. If a recruit that is joining the police force and does not have the honor, courage, and commitment, then the recruit cannot be a police officer. Becoming a police officer requires responsibility.…show more content…
Police officer in all states are granted authority to use force to accomplish lawful objectives, such as makes an arrest, serve warrants, and detain a person. Force may be investigated by an internal review board, supervisor, the chief of police, the district attorney, and perhaps even a judge and jury if a civil lawsuit for excessive force is filed. Ask a dozen civilians when “necessary force was reasonable” to an arrest or detention that has become “police brutality” and you will probably get different answers, none which in particular helped determining the proper amount of force. Several civilians may argue about an officer’s use of force and each one may have a different idea of how to determine whether the force was excessive. All police officers are often forced to make split-second decisions in circumstances that are tense, unsure, and rapidly evolving. Also the use of force should be measured by what the officer knew at the…show more content…
An officer may use force which is reasonable and necessary to effect an arrest or detention. Anything more is excessive addition to the questions asked by the Graham v. Connor test, courts consider the need for the application of force between the need and amount of force used, and the injuries caused by the officer’s force. As well as the method of force used by the officer, a tool, or weapon used. In the lawsuit case of United States v. Dykes (D.C. Cir. 2005). A judge stated that the use of a Taser and baton strikes against Rodney King, were, not reasonable, and not criminally excessive force. The officers involved in the Rodney King incident inflicted more than fifty strikes and blows after king resisted the officers, King obeyed the commands the officer’s gave King. After King went on a prone position, one of the officers kicked him and another struck him with a baton. Deadly force is measures and is limited by several constitutional considerations. In a Supreme Court decision a rule that allowed officers to use deadly force against a fleeing felon has been abolished. There are a series of steps when an officer can use deadly force: first, when the officer is threatened with a deadly weapon; second, when the officer has probable cause to believe that the suspect poses a threat of serious physical harm or death to the officer or to another; and third, when the officer has probable cause to believe that the

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