Law Enforcement Today Paper

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ISSUES OF POLICE DEPARTMENTS IN TODAY’S SOCIETY

BY: HOLLY HANDLON

February 20th, 2012

The issues that our police departments face in today’s society consist of corrupt police departments, publicity, operating expenses, and constant training to meet the guidelines set by court decisions.
Corruption and brutality scandals have severely tarnished the public’s faith in the police. From the killings and brutalizing of citizens in New York City to the widespread corruption in the Los Angeles Police Department, more and more law enforcement administrators are faced with the task of reforming police department, with little guidance on how to bring about the necessary changes. This is not the first time in our country’s history that
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It is not difficult to understand how political pressure to clean up the streets can lead to police officers who violate the rights of citizens by planting evidence, lying in search warrants or in court and "confiscating" money and property for their own use. This may be due to the fact that the persons who were brutalized by the police or who were sent to prison on false testimony were street criminals who were terrorizing the neighborhoods with their criminal activities.
Being a police officer is not an easy job. Officers are expected to make split-second decisions on issues involving life and death. They are subjected to danger and extreme stress on the job. It is not surprising that some of them explode into a frenzy of brutality and because police officers are under extreme stress and are forced to make instant decisions, they sometimes make mistakes and people are killed or seriously injured. Sometimes police are killed because they did not react quickly enough.
For many, many years, law enforcement agencies recruited heavily from the military for police positions. Police departments have traditionally been militaristic institutions with a heavy reliance on obedience to orders and the use of force to gain compliance. Military men were logical candidates for that
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