The reform era transitioned into the community era of policing due to the reform era not being able to handle the socially changing landscape. In the community era of policing, police officers are about problem-solving and engaging the community members. What works in the community era of policing is the relationships built within the community and the changing approach of crime prevention instead of a reactive approach. What does not working is officer safety is more crucial because of officers
Not only do police strategies reflect departmental values, they reflect their local community values as well. How the police are portrayed in the media can have a crucial effect on citizen’s attitudes toward the police. If the public forms a negative opinion regarding their local law enforcement agency this can cause problems with community relations and may influence citizens’ decisions to report a crime. This can have an even bigger effect if citizen’s fear of crime rises or they develop punitive attitudes toward law enforcement. This may influence policy making and law making by government agencies, as public support or opposition may determine policy.
The police were given weapons and a broad range of discretion and which led to some abusing their power. Police brutality has been around for a long time and isn’t going to go anywhere until society decides to do something it. Data, strategies, and training are some ways to reduce police brutality. The relationship between the police and minority communities The relationship between the police and minorities has been strained throughout history. Police have been known to use force when it comes to dealing with minorities The reason as to why they use force could be related to the education, age, experience, and ethnicity of... ... middle of paper ... ...cation was the most important factor in this study, the other variables included the officer’s age and experience.
As police administration have to look at the issue and what way to try to correct the situation. One of the ethical issues dealing with law enforcement today is when using discretion when stereotyping/profiling. There has been many discussing of police discretion. Perez and Moore (2013) stated that an officer uses of discretion is very important to the community and the justice system. If officer use of discretion is not seen as fair it can cause problems with administration and citizens.
This paper compares and contrasts popular opinions and professional assessment of police brutality and acceptable use of force. This is not only a sensitive subject, but one that proves hard to identify. The main takeaway is that each encounter is different. Within each situation, the details and contributing factors are also different. Police have to serve the public and are entrusted with an inherent amount of power.
Views on Discretion Many people interpret police activities from pre-conceived ideas because they happen away from the citizens' view. The privacy creates a circumstance that allows police officers’ discretion in the way they react and handle citizens that breach the law. The research community tries to investigate the issues that concern the police officers' conduct while responding to citizen's woes and their interaction with them. The gap that exists in... ... middle of paper ... ...oals due to the environment's needs that require rapid response. When they enforce discretion properly, they respond to margin situations in the best way possible.
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.
In this essay a discussion will be explored about the benefits and problems associated with police use of discretion. Which current policing strategies have the most potential for controlling officer discretion and providing accountability, and which have the least, and why is that the case? And finally, how might these issues impact the various concerns facing law enforcement today? Police behavior is different across all communities. In fact, how police react to combat crime is affected by the management style of the various police administrators.
I think the majority have a bad perception on law enforcement to be more specific because of all the negative events the media reports. A lot of times the general public does not understand what it means to work as a criminal justice practitioner and the duties, responsibility and stress that come with this role. The solution I believe to this problem is educating the general public on both the positive and negative aspects of the profession. Maybe involve the police more with the community. Give them the opportunity to get to know the police serving them on a more personal level.
One of the police pledges which were put forward was to make sure they kept the public’s confidence in the way the police work and capture offenders. However as time has past the public’s confidences with the police have started to fade as the police begin to show flaws within the way they work. For example the way they treat offenders and victims, the delayed response to reported crime, the exposure of institutional racism and racial attitudes to offenders and victims. These factors were exposed by the media causing the police and government to come under heavy criticism on the way they work, even to this day the police still come under criticism on the way they deal with criminal situations. In recent events terrorism has become a major issue in today’s society as it has created much fear amongst individuals and damaging the public’s confidence with society.