The purpose of the paper is to discuss that courts have imposed on police departments
(the appropriate use of deadly force, when and how searches can be conducted, informing defendants of their rights, etc.) The reasoning for this research is that recently the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) held a press conference in which they informed the public that they would be fighting for a policy that would ban police officers from using deadly force when police officers are confronted with people throwing rocks at them. The articles selected below discuss opinions on the duties of police departments and how it relates to certain polices. The 1st article postulates the duty of the police to speak out and gives examples of areas where speaking out is most necessary. The policeman of today can truly claim the status of a professional. At no time in the history has the public received better police service, man for man and department for department. Crime is, without doubt, number one domestic problem, and public demand for protection against society 's lawless elements has reached a peak. At the same time, laws and court decisions which prevent the police from affording this protection confront law enforcement on every side (Carrington, 1970). Police officers are the backbone of our community. They keep the citizens safe and try to be very vocal and observant in fighting crime. Police officers that have been patrolling the same areas of town for a long time know the
Since their has been policing entities, it is understood by most that law enforcement officers have been performing a public service that is not easy to carry out. To assist law enforcement officers in diffusing situations, apprehending alleged criminals, and protecting themselves and others, officers are legally entitled to use appropriate means, including force. In discussing police misconduct, this report acknowledges not only the legal grant of such authority,
Policing requires members to balance both between the wishes of the public and of politicians regarding how they are to enforce and appropriately uphold the law in their respective areas (Phillips, 1984). The most important element of accountability can be seen of the knowledge that the police as an institution and as individuals must not be subject to undue influence by any individual, be it as within the general public or as a part of the law enforcement community. Where law enforcement acts objectively and neutrally in the upholding of the law, the general public becomes aware of the knowledge that as long as the law is obeyed and remains unviolated, there is no reason to fear the legal and penal justice system. On the other hand, if law enforcement is seen to be influenced by external bribery or internal governmental pressure, the wider public becomes aware that the only true law is that of the economic or political influence being brought to bear on law enforcement members, therefore invalidating the notion of due process, and making a mockery of the entire system of justice in
Police officers have played a major role in society by protecting us from crime. Their responsibilities include not only preserving the peace, preventing criminal acts, enforcing the law, investigating crimes, and arresting those who violate the law but also directing traffic, community relations work, and controlling crowds at public events.
As each new member of a police department officially becomes a sworn member, friends, family and other members of the public gather as they speak an oath. The oath these officers take, promises their commitment to ensure the safety of the public they serve. This means more than protecting civilians from individuals who may stray from the law, but to also ensure the protection of basic human rights. Police and other public servants are given a great deal of trust and power, what they do with it is based on the ethics they choose to uphold. In this paper we will look at why it is important for these justice professionals to study ethics.
In light of the recent spate of police-involved homicides of suspects who may or may not have put the lives of the police involved in fear for their safety and well-being, this paper seeks to examine the use of deadly force by police officers in the line of duty. The training involved in using one’s service weapon in situations that call for a determination of the use of force will be explored, as will the rules, regulations, and extenuating circumstances that lead to the firing of a service weapon in the line of duty, resulting in the death of a suspect. The Supreme Court cases that have led to and/or upheld laws allowing a broader interpretation of what is considered justifiable use of deadly force will be briefly examined. Additionally, the use of non-lethal weapons, such as Tasers, by police forces and how the availability of these weapons influences the rate of deadly force will be inspected. Finally, an elucidation of the various perceptions of the general public of the police after use of deadly force is used within their communities will be addressed.
In most cases the police is permitted to use any form of necessary force to suppress a suspected criminal with minimal consequences if they use excessive force (“Police Use Of Force”). According to the current law all law enforcement officers should use only the amount of force necessary to weaken an incident, make an arrest, and protect themselves and others from harm (“Police Use of Force”). Officers receive guidance from their individual agencies, but no universal set of rules that governs when officers should use force and how much (“Police Use Of Force”). Police use of excessive force against the unarmed public should be illegal because it lowers the amount of unnecessary deaths, reduces riots, and would decrease racism.
Police misconduct and the ‘code of silence’ is a global phenomenon that has been present since the formation of formal police agencies. Police leadership can shape the influence and direction of their departments through recruitment, training, field training officers (mentors), policy, and discipline. Frontline supervisors act as the bridge between the administration and the frontline officers. Supervisors exert some informal influence over officers, but must also serve their superiors and the agency mission. There is no clear cut method to curbing the ‘code of silence’ and agency transparency is needed to appease the public such agencies serve. This is a two way street, the public must respect the authority of said officers and submit to lawful and reasonable request. Police administrators must maintain open lines of communication and trust with their subordinates if the ‘code of silence’ is to ever be weakened.
The facts raise questions about the effectiveness of police in the society. This is more because, allegations of police misconduct rarely result in convictions. It is, therefore, vital to look at the issue and to find answers to the following questions
When police use force against a subject, they are often belittled and reprimanded by the media and public. “Police Brutality” and “Excessive Force” seem to be a daily headline in the news these days. This paper shall present research conducted on how to improve police-community relations. The goal, is the show the lack of understanding that exists between police and the community on what the job of police officer can and cannot lawfully do. By presenting this lack of understanding between police and community, we can work on improving relationships by educating the public on what is constitutionally permitted. By better educating the public, we can hopefully prevent rioting in future incidents and better remove the tensions that are present in encounters with law enforcement and minority communities.
The dictionary definition of the police is “the organized civil force of a state, concerned with maintenance of law and order, the detection and prevention of crime, etc,” (Collins English Dictionary, 2002). This definition states the minimum of what the police actually do. Providing support for families, protecting society from criminals and responding to calls 24 hours a day 7 days a week are just some of the other roles that police have to deal with. In this essay the evolution of the police will be discussed as well as how the police are facing challenges.
The courts become an important source of control in two ways. First, the courts are used to assess the appropriateness of many longstanding police practices and procedures through legal challenges. Second, both individual officers and their governing entities are increasingly subject to civil and criminal liability for unreasonable actions, policies, and practices (Alpert, 2004). By restricting police use of deadly
This paper will describe police power and police authority. I will also talk about police discretion as for as whom gets locked up and who is allowed to go free. This paper will discuss the different use of police force. In this paper I will also talk about police attitude, police misconduct, and physical abuse among police officers.
This report shall examine the role of the police in the criminal justice system. For background it will detail a brief history of the development of the police then look at the later development of police powers of arrest, detention and of stop and search. Further to this it will examine the role of the police in miscarriages of justice and the effects of these miscarriages on the development of safeguards for people detained by the police. Also the measures taken to prevent further miscarriages of justice such as the development of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to decide if the evidence is there and a prosecution is likely to be successful.
In today's society the police, play may roles. They are the peacekeepers, law enforcement and many other jobs. However, recently they have become the subject of a very heated and large debate. Many believe that the police should give up their brute type tactics for a more civilized and humanized approach, while others feel that the police should crack down on the most insignificant of offences to type and disparage crimes that are more serious. In this paper, we will be analyzing both sides of this issue, from the look of the police administration to the public's view of it. When we mention today's police force we will be using the New York City police force as are basis of comparison, because they seem to