Law Enforcement Today

773 Words Aug 3rd, 2012 4 Pages
Assignment Law Enforcement Today

CJS/200
May 20, 2012
Ryan A. Conti

Law Enforcement Today Today’s law enforcement officers are faced with difficult challenging issues. Being trained efficiently is most important so they know how to respond to the many different issues. According to Schmalleger (2011), corruption, on duty dangers, deadly force, and racial profiling are just some issues today’s law enforcement has to deal with. Multicultural society is one of the main challenges that police officers face on a day to day bases. To “protect and serve” is the number one duty of law enforcement. According to Schmalleger (2011), it is important as a police officer to understand and respect the different habits,
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Excessive force is “the application of an amount and/or frequency of force greater than that required to compel compliance from a willing or unwilling subject” (Schmalleger, 2011). One issue that has been constant is racial profiling. No matter how far along we as people have come along racial profiling will always be an issue but has only come to the nation’s attention in the 1990’s. Schmalleger (2011) stated, “Racial profiling can be defined as any police action initiated on the basis of the race, ethnicity, or national origin of a suspect, rather than on the behavior of that individual or on information that leads the police to a particular individual who has been identified as being, or having been, engaged in criminal activity” (p.284). Majority of these cases are done toward minorities, Latinos, African Americans, and since 9/11 Middle Eastern get profiled as an illegal alien, gangster, or terrorist. Terrorism has become a serious issue since the 9/11 attacks. Local, state, and federal law enforcement has been working with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Counterterrorism efforts are in full effect and have priority. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has the responsibility of trying to predict and prevent terrorism attacks. For the FBI to be able to do this they collect, analyze, and share information with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)