According to chapter five in “Cop in the Hood” written by Peter Moskos, he points out various reason how 911 is a joke and how calling 911 is not any help to the community. Whenever there is a drug incident in the community the patrol officers totally ignore the situation. And even if the patrol officer does address the situation the patrol officer never handle the drug dealers correctly. For instance, Moskos mentioned that a resident of the neighborhood saw three youth out on a late school night doing what seemed to be suspicious business on the corner and which lead the resident to call 911 on the youths. When 911 arrived at the scene, they instantly began to harass the three young men.
In the beginning of Moskos’ book, he reminisces over joining the police force in order to write about the experiences involved with being an officer. At first, the other officers did not accept him because they feared the intentions of his book. Their fear was that the book would bash and exploit the police force. The other officers would carefully watch their conversations around Moskos.
What is discretion? Discretion is the availability of a choice of options or actions one can take in a situation. Police officers have to make an instantaneous decision when they are in a situation. It all depends on the scenario for them to decide whether they want to use deadly force, stop and frisk or writing traffic summons etc. Stop question and frisk are the practiced by which a police officer initiates a stop of an individual on the street allegedly based on reasonable suspicion of criminal activity.
The novel, The Job: True Tales from the Life of a New York City Cop, by Steve Osborne, tells of many shocking, enthralling adventures and experiences of former NYPD officer Steve Osborne while he is on and off the job. It describes his life from the time that he was a young, inexperienced rookie and explains how he climbed the ranks to become one of the most respected policemen in New York. While he was working, Steve went through many near death experiences and fist fights with criminals, but as soon as he arrived at home, would assure his wife and family that it was a “quiet night” and that not much ever really happened. However, as soon as he returned to work, he seemed to be fighting for his life against some fiend in a job where no night
After years of ungrounded criticism from the press and activists, after highly publicized litigation and the passage of ill-considered laws—such as the one making officers financially liable for alleged “racial profiling”—NYPD officers have radically scaled back their discretionary activity. Pedestrian stops have dropped 80 percent citywide and almost 100 percent in some areas. The department is grappling with how to induce officers to use their lawful authority again to stop crime before it happens. Garner’s death was a heartbreaking tragedy, but the unjustified backlash against misdemeanor enforcement is likely to result in more tragedy for New Yorkers” (36, Heather Mac Donald).” Here, Mac Donald makes me feel threatened by the criminal justice system.
The leaders of these organizations need create a plan that develops and changes the perception and policing habits of their officers. Better policing of communities will leave foster better and lasting relations with residents. For example, take the Portland, Oregon police department plan to address the practice of racial profiling. The 61 page document that lists in detail a way to combat the use of racial profiling. It covers a “Tools for Tolerance” training, Training to develop officers interpersonal relationships and the issue of race.
In This American Life’s series, Cops See it Differently: Act One, Ira Glass narrates particular circumstances outlining the existing tensions between the Milwaukee Police Department and the Black community. He began his first segment by telling Lisa Mahone’s story of an officer that displayed unwarranted aggressive tactics towards her and her family during a routine traffic stop. The story gained national attention, and opposing opinions to whether the officer’s actions or Lisa’s behavior were more justified. Lisa’s story begs the question: who holds the police accountable for mistreatment of the law and the citizens he or she serves?
Without the cops willing to try and protect us and enforce the laws we would be lost. Cops have families and they are still willing l to risk their lives to save someone else and all some people have to do in return is kill them for their own pleasure. Another thing that
Officers need to keep up on trying to stop crime before it happens. It is obvious that the prevention of crime is better then investigating a crime after it has happened. Unfortunately it does not happen like that. Cops often get to the scene of a crime after it has happened. One reason is citizens are often scared to report crimes to the police.
“...Much of the recent crime increase threatens the vitality of America’s cities–and thousands of lives–it is not, in itself, the greatest danger in today’s war on cops. The greatest danger lies, rather, in the delegitimation of law and order itself’ (Mac Donald). In the book “The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe,” published in the year of 2016, author Heather Mac Donald provides credible evidence to expand on her viewpoint of our country’s current criminal crisis. In addition to “The War on Cops, Mac Donald has written two other books. Her works “Are Cops Racist?”
It is easy to learn about a subject from a book, but it is an entirely different matter to learn about a subject through real life experience. I hope to learn how to serve and protect while implementing the law correctly, especially in today’s world when the level of support for police officers is very low and the level of misconduct cases concerning the police are very high. It is not easy to know what to do in every situation, especially when some reactions are needed with very little or no time to think about. It is one thing to hear about a crime happening and the response that would be best to give, and another thing to need
Ethics and the Evolution of Police Policing in this present day is defined as an individual or group of individual who prevent and detect crime within a community. Policing compares in many ways. They all attempt to provide services, keep the peace and reduce crime. Policing has evolved into something much more than what it used to be. Within this essay are the many different perspectives and how ethics were learned.
1. Chapter 4: What is community policing and why is it an important strategy for law enforcement? Community policing has re-emerged as a dominant policing style in many cities over the past several decades. In the face of rising crime rates and an increasingly diverse and complex society, the community policing model came to be viewed as an effective approach to fighting crime.
They have to gather knowledge of the crimes in the area and what the underlying causes of the social problems is. They must create a plan that works to deter crime, and assess the progress of those plans to see if it works or what needs to be changed. Because it is still a newer approach, all departments should (if they already haven’t), create a community policing division that focuses on what is going on in their community around them. Officers need to build trust between themselves and the communities they serve; which means, responding to the calls that are considered “non-emergency. This will help the community not only build trust, but hold the officers more accountable.