The duty of a police officer requires a special type of individuals with a unique ability to assume different policing roles and responsibilities. Law enforcement officers are required to perform duties that set them apart from the majority of the population. In a recent article addressing repeated legal test failures by Baltimore Police academy recruits Sgt Josh Rosenblatt stated “We’re giving them a badge and a gun tomorrow, the right to take someone’s liberty, ultimately the right to take someone’s life if it calls for it, and they have not demonstrated they can meet basic constitutional and legal standards” (Rector). Throughout this research paper, discusses the different training types required to create the skills to be a police officer.
Casting aside biases is an important task for successful communication between law enforcement and the public. Interacting and getting to know someone on a personal level can help alleviate distrust; thus, improving the relationships we have day-to-day. Honesty and transparency help to maintain the safety of our civilians and law enforcement officers. Overall, we must learn to cast aside our differences and look to see the similarities we have to one
Both individual officers and law enforcement agencies should be held to account for their actions. Accountability includes both what the police do and how they perform. According to Petter Gottschalk Agency-level accountability involves the performance of law enforcement agencies with respect to controlling crime, disorder, and providing services to the public. (Petter Gottschalk).
A career in policing requires an individual to meet a high standard for character and demonstrated behavior, in order to be developed into an effective officer. Succeeding in a police academy requires the candidate to display and apply integrity, a skill which must be developed before receiving admission. Integrity demonstrated through a police officer’s personal life, provides the foundation for a respected career. When presented with the opportunity to leverage a peace officer’s position for personal profit, an individual who has previously made selfless choices, is more reliable for operating within the law.
A modern law enforcement officer is taught to think critically and reflect on expected circumstances to possess some effective skills on leadership. Furthermore, law enforcement officers who has a strong problem solving skills and effective communication skills also develop community policing potentials. Improving a better understanding of leadership allows the public to respect the professionalism that a police officer upholds. Immanuel Kant’s ethical theories believe that an individual has the ability to make rational decision based on the action given to them (Kant 's Ethics, 2002). Immanuel Kant’s ethical theories are to illustrate the importance of duty and moral standards.
Aside from probating, there is a written statement called an "application for emergency admission," or best known as a "pink slip". According to Ohio Revised Code Chapter 5122.10 (2014), a police officer may pink slip an individual who meets one or more of the following criteria: is a harm to self or others, is unable to provide for their own basic needs, or is an imminent risk to the substantial rights of others. A pink slip requires face-to-face contact with a person. The pink slip essentially orders a person to receive emergency admission to either a hospital or a community mental health services provider. A pink slip is good for three court days, and weekends and holidays are excluded. If a police officer pink slips an individual, they are not under arrest. They are simply being taken to a facility for immediate examination by mental health professionals. The pink slip must include a detailed explanation as
Over the past three and a half years I have spent my life studying in school. I have studied for hours and hours about the field of criminal justice; the reason it exists, its history and development, theories that are used to explain topics in criminal justice, and cases that have been monumental in changing the way that criminal justice works. While all of these are great to learn about the field of criminal justice itself cannot be learned from reading textbooks and memorizing theories. This is why I am interested in an internship with the Griffin Police Department. I want to learn how the criminal justice system is in action, how things actually play out outside of the scholastic setting. 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
Working in a culturally diverse city, police officers are expected to interact with citizens in a professional manner which includes understanding various backgrounds, cultures, religions, and ethnicities. Misunderstanding an ethnic culture occurs when officers are not educated or aware of differing ethnic groups and cultural standards. If police officers are knowledgeable in various ethnic groups, they will not only avoid conflicts, criminal litigations against themselves, but also prevent violent riots and further distrust that ethnic groups already have with law enforcement
Police organizations have been evolving over the years, but still there are so many things that have to be address in order to create a better law enforcement institutions. Police misconduct and police brutality have been the center of many confrontations between police officer and society. It is imperative that police organizations change the police subculture that exist among them that protects any wrongdoing from being disclose in order to promote a more efficient service to society. In the process of doing this assignment I learned how cohesive is the relationship between officers that most of the times protect them when they are acting in a misbehave way. It is really impressive to see how one officer was seen as a traitor in the organization because he decided to report police brutality. It seems that when officers who have values decide to do what is right, this creates for them a path to be exclude from the brotherhood that exist among officers. The message that they are sending is that if you report a fellow officer your career is done. It is very frustrating to see that this behavior is very welcome in police organizations. Finally I think that policing is a great career but only when they follow the rules and invoke the
Police officers enforce laws, but also held to those same laws they are enforcing on a daily basis. Laws influence how police behave and how to handle some situations. While also telling them how they can and cannot act. Some author’s feel this influence from the law may be why officers, “run roughshod over legal restrictions on such activities as searches and seizures” (Herbert, 1998; Chambliss, 1994; McBarnet, 1979). Officers are rarely supervised while on patrol and if they are, it is by a fellow officer rather than a superior officer. Because of this, officers have discretion in almost every situation they encounter. Each officers uses this discretion in their own way, whether they want to be strict or let someone off with a warning that
Members of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department SWAT team and the Indianapolis Fire Department successfully rescue a man in danger to himself and others.
‘’Most officers enter law enforcement with minimal experience in the field or in handling the moral dilemmas that officers typically encounter. They learn how to perform their jobs, as well as recognize the organizational norms, values, and culture, from their peers and supervisors. While supervisors provide direct, formal reinforcement, officers’ peers offer friendship and informal rewards that, in many cases, hold greater influence than official recognition from the agency’’ (Fitch, 2011). Officers who come across situations where they are unsure what is morally and ethically best to do often turn to their peers for assurance and guidance. Good ethical behavior can easily be influenced by officers and those in law enforcement. Because of this community, it shapes officers to want to adapt to behaviors, attitude and values of others to gain some sort of acceptance. In the academy officers will be tested in many different scenarios where morals will come into play. This will show the academy your weaknesses and strengths and where you stand when it comes to establishing what is right from wrong. An example of an ethical testing to new officers would be the test of a free coffee. It has said that senior officers are curious to what new recruits are to accepting gratuities. Some may say a cup of free coffee would seem like no harm but it
Many young people aspire to become police officers. However, not everyone is fit for the role as police work is extremely demanding both physically and mentally. In order to be effective in the job, a policeman should possess superb communication skills, extra-ordinary courage, excellent judgement, empathy, and a high degree of professionalism, to name a few.
In this week’s module one content. I learned that there should always be police integrity and community trust. “With police and community trust, there is an honored relationship between citizens and a government agency.” (Community Trust and Police Integrity, p.7-16) Secondly, police officers must be trusted to behave in an ethical way on their own. “When a terrible crime has occurred, the public may demand that the police solve it ‘no matter what they have to do,’ and so there is pressure to use unnecessary force” (Wilson, Police Ethics). Finally, police officers should always have a positive response to a negative incident. “They can learn from incidents of police misconduct and take steps to correct the policies and practices that allow misconduct to occur.” (Walker, Policing the Police).
One of the challenges includes job responsibilities and expectations. The law enforcement community and officers may have varying responsibilities when it comes to their jobs, missions as well as professional cultures with varying expectations in regards to the definition of bullying, what constitutes suitable response4s to bullying and the ways it can be prevented. Law enforcement officers and school personnel’s more often operate according to various rules. For instance, school officials have a set of school rules and codes to enforce while law enforcement officers must at all times uphold the law. Another challenge is negative perception. In some cases, the communities in and around schools develop a negative perception towards law enforcement personnel’s and the roles they play in schools and in working towards addressing specific issues like