Police Officers And The Criminal Justice System

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For my practicum, the agency I am involved with is the East Pikeland Township Police Department. This police department serves the Kimberton area which is adjacent to Phoenixville. Police officers have a variety of responsibilities to maintain while on duty. Their primary responsibility is to maintain peace and order within the community they are serving (DeLisi, 2010). With the important responsibilities that a police department possesses, it plays a vital role in the criminal justice system. Many people do not see the extent of what police officers do for their community. The media has a way of distorting the views people have. News channels and various television shows only broadcast what will get the attention of as many people as possible. Getting the attention of millions of people is sometimes easier by showing the negative situations. If the media started showing more of the positive situations that police officers were involved in, many people would start to see that police officers should be looked up to instead of feared. A police departments role for the community and the criminal justice system is skewed. A police departments role in the criminal justice system is providing public safety. One of the major duties a police department performs for the criminal justice system is law enforcement. Police officers contain the ability to arrest and detain violators of the law. This power is used to keep the community safe in contrast to what the media displays to

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