It was one o 'clock at night when I was awakened with a call that there had been a double homicide. I hopped out of bed and flew to the scene. When I arrived there laid two bodies life-less. A career as a police detective would be very exciting.
Within the criminal justice system there are several stakeholders such as law enforcement officials, prosecutors, juries and judges who play a critical role in the processes which are intricate to the justice system. These systems serve as a pendulum to balance the scale of justice so that no one side is unequal to the laws that are applied. Within this intricate system there are multiple steps that occur when processing felony charge(s) cases. These steps include the investigation, the arrest, arraignment, trial, sentence, and appeals (Nichols, n.d). The first step in maintaining justice involves law enforcement officers who are often the first responders when criminal acts are committed. Investigations are one of many key critical tasks
For this assignment the mission statements of the Knoxville (TN) Police department (KPD) and the Cincinnati (OH) Police Department (CPD) were obtained from their respective websites. The mission statement of the Cincinnati Police Department (2015) states that their mission is to, “… develop personnel and manage resources to promote effective partnerships with the community to improve the quality of life through the delivery of fair and impartial police services while maintaining an atmosphere of respect for human dignity.” They also have their core values included on their website. CPD lists its core values as integrity, professionalism, diversity, accountability, and vigilance (Cincinnati Police Department, 2015). The website of the Knoxville Police Department includes a mission and values statement that reads,
Law enforcement is a system by which members of society act in an organized manner to enforce the law and rules governed by society. By, investigating, rehabilitating, or punishing people who violate the rules and norms governing that society (Wikipedia). I will want to be a Maryland State Trooper agent. Being a Trooper agent will give me more opportunity to give back to my community and help protect and serve people of my country and my state. I’ve seen that there are many different types of Maryland law enforcement career opportunities from being a part of the local police officer to, larger field of federal agencies that are out there.
Field Research conducted in a predominately Puerto Rican neighborhood located inside Philadelphia’s northern section captures true life events. Interviews, statistics, and moral compasses are used to examine The Moral Economy of Violence in the inner city. Bringing forth how an individual’s Scio-economic environment influences morality and decision making through the eyes of Philadelphia’s inhabitants.
Police officers encounter dangerous situations on a daily basis with moment’s notice. The police subculture and members of it encourage fellow officers to be safe and come home after their shift at all cost. It is a brotherhood and they look out for each other all the time. It is considered a good day in the department when a call goes on without any trouble and all the officers return safe to their homes at the end of their shift. A moto of the police subculture that is said around the United States is, “It is better to be judged by twelve than carried by six,” (Herbert, 1998). The moto that is said around police departments means, it is better to break the law and deal with the consequences in court than to die and have six fellow officers carrying your body at the funeral. This issue of safety determines how officers perform in situations throughout their shift and how they approach them to find a solution. There are many different techniques used by police departments in order to keep the officers’ safe while on the job. Officers in dangerous areas usually go on patrol in pairs, that way two officers are on the scene right away rather than just one officer. This allows there to be more than one officer to say what happened when things go wrong. It terminates the possibility of an officer getting hurt and no one knowing about it. In Los Angeles, the police department uses helicopters for some situation to get an aerial view of the criminal pursuit, whether it is car chases or foot pursuits. Officers in the helicopter can view the suspect when the ground officers may have lost site. This is important in case a suspect decides to hide from the police or gets a weapon and tries to attack the ground officers. The air support can inform the ground units of this to prepare them for what is around the next corner. Officers are also encouraged to wear their vest at all times while on the job to protect
In this speech, I will outline the job description,preparation and the advantages/ disadvantages of a career in criminal justice I am going to talk about what all you have to do and what all it takes to be a criminal justices.
Ever since I can remember I have enjoyed science and law. I developed my love for forensics by watching television shows such as, CSI, and Cold Case Files. I also received a telescope and an evidence kit for Christmas one year. I would collect “evidence” and test it. I realized my love for law when I watched those shows and went on my job shadow. I knew I wanted to be a crime scene investigator/officer and could see myself doing the job in the future.
First line supervisors are model officers of their respective agencies. Therefore, supervisor training in criminal justice organizations is paramount to its legitimacy, credibility, performance, and survival. Research indicates that supervisor conduct and support are key elements in the successful accomplishment of tasks and goals. The manner in which a supervisor leads and supports the employees under his supervision is a result of his training (Knies, & Leisink, 2014). Therefore, supervisors should be carefully selected for their ability to demonstrate practical, humanistic, and conceptual skills in interpersonal communication and law enforcement practice. They should also be chosen because they have demonstrated the requisite nature and
Police officers constantly at risk for becoming victims of physical and psychological violence (Gutierrez, 2013) in the line of duty. In serving and protecting the people, the deal with criminals, murderers, domestic dispute, negative portrayal in the media, civil unrest, and organizational challenges (Karaffa, 2012; Gutierrez, 2013). Police officers often feel misunderstood and unappreciated by the general population despite their efforts to protect and serve, as a protective measure, they form bond with each other and develop ways to effectively cope with the challenges unique to the job as a group. Police officers had a distinct set of norms and values and as a result of their shift work officers tend to socialize with each other (Karaffa, 2012). The predominance of males in the police force (80%) has fostered masculine values such as toughness, aggression and machismo by reinforcing emotional control and toughness even in the light of danger.
Regardless of the number of complaints a police department receives, whether one or one hundred, the internal affairs function is one of the most important functions for checking the integrity and professionalism of the department.
The job of a criminologist is one that is needed in today’s society with all the crimes that happen daily. A criminologist, also categorized as a sociologist, focus on the study of crime, criminality and irregular devious behaviors. They look at the causes of crimes, how to prevent them and how to control them. They tend to research and write about criminological theories which can help them to fuse together theories with practices.
Becoming a criminal investigator requires determination, passion, and dedication for ones’ work. My desire is to become a criminal investigator. I have been working towards this goal for about four years now. I began my quest at Middle Tennessee State University and will be completing it at Tennessee State University. I do recognize that obtaining a bachelor’s degree is not the only prerequisite for becoming a criminal investigator. The pathway to this position will take years of hard work, dedication, and the willingness to learn.
An intriguing job in the criminal justice field that I will be focusing on is analysis. There are four types; crime analysis, intelligence analysis, investigative analysis, and operations analysis. I will be researching specifically on crime analysis because that is the line of work I hope to do someday.
A police organization is the allocation of complexities and control in departments helps accomplish different goals. There are definitive parts regarding tasks, roles and styles of policing. These responsibilities differentiate throughout departments because of hierarchy and different occupations needed to make the division function effectively to accomplish both proximal and distal goals. Many different positions needed to operate indicate that everybody has a separate role, and every officer assigned that role has tasks, as well as their own style into completing their apportioned obligations.