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The Problem Of Local Police

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Description of the Problem
Local police are being overly co-opt by federal law enforcement agencies. They are directing too many resources toward protecting the nation’s borders and other federal duties. It is a belief held by some that local police are becoming too militaristic in nature by using military-style weapons, tactics, training, uniforms, and heavy equipment. This notion makes local police no longer a benefit for the community. A number of attacks on American soil have demonstrated this nation’s vulnerability to both foreign and domestic terrorist. The Federal Bureau of Investigations defines terrorism as the unlawful use of force against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government or its population to further political or social objectives.
Race, Trust, and Police Legitimacy
According to Horowitz, research consistently shows that minorities are more likely than whites to view law enforcement with suspicion and distrust. Minorities frequently report that the police single them out unreasonably. They believe it is because of their race or ethnicity. How the public views law enforcement on the lawfulness and legitimacy of their duty are an important criterion for judging policing in society. Lawfulness means that the police follow and perform their duties with constitutional, statutory, and professional standards. Legitimacy is the public 's willingness to recognize police authority within society. (Horowitz, 2007)
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