A police personality is based upon the belief that police officers possess different characteristics from the public. For instance, police officers are faced with danger and authority on a daily basis. Therefore, the police are always suspicious, on the lookout, and they do not trust anyone. The police are subject to isolation, solidarity and cohesion. There are many officers that are able to balance the job and their personal lives, while some abuse their power.
This story consisted of a lot of situations that are still happening within today’s society with policing. Police taking advantage of the title and power they have to try and control society, but in actuality it is harming society. I am sure Mike Taylor was in a tough situation, I could only imagine. If I was in Mike Taylor position it would not be a hard decision to make. I understand how it was difficult for Taylor, because he is in a position where he has to choose his job or society.
Police officers that make wrong choices tend to be less appreciated by the society, those who make the use of discretion effectively tend to have a positive impact in the community. The article Organizational-level police discretion states that, “officers with a great deal of discretion at their disposal may allow biases to affect their decision making. Such biases could convince an officer that one suspect is more dangerous than another, prompting preemptive use of lethal force, and many of these biases invoke extralegal factors, such as race (Nowacki, 2015, Pg. 646).” Teaching these officers how and when to use discretion is crucial because it will allow them to apply certain strategies to different cases. Officers understand that not all situations will always be easy, either some may be dangerous; others can be simply misunderstandings between cases.
There are many pros and cons when it comes to the use of police force. The use of force is strictly a part of the job requirement of protecting and serving our community. It is the everyday battles that force police to make decisions that may seem a bit harsh at times. The use of force is only acceptable under certain circumstances and should only be used when absolutely needed. There are cases when civilians are saved by the use of police force, and there are cases when innocent people are hurt or even killed by the use of police force.
Introduction Ever since I was a little boy I heard from my parents and family members that police officers are the most scariest person on earth they usually jolts us by stories which was a way to discipline us, the concept of police officers at that time was reflected as your worst nightmare ever encounter which is a lowest standard that depicted ages ago. Nowadays it’s different as for the Samoan saying “Ua ao Samoa” Everything has come into light, people starting to know and expose to the law and its functionality, that’s why it is essential for the Samoa Police Service to step up and improve its standards. Excessive force and police inhumaneness have mutual terms for anyone keeping up with today’s existing events, the use of force is inescapable in police work. In many circumstances the lives of officers or civilians can be seize by not using force when necessary or using it improperly. Many issues come into composition when an officer chooses to use force.
Police Brutality is an ongoing problem and existent concern in the United States and should be resolved immediately. Law enforcement must function as an element that consists of organized and civilized officers. The presence of police brutality is becoming more of an issue as society grows. The problem posed by the illegal exercise of police power is an ongoing reality for individuals of a disfavored race, class, or sexual orientation. Police brutality must be stopped so that police do not forget who they are serving not themselves, but the public.
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.
The officers tend to create what is known as a “we/they syndrome”(Schmalleger & Smykla, 2015). This relationship is mainly between the officers and the inmates. Also, it has been said that “when there is little interaction except in control situations, the adversarial nature of the relationship tends to be one of dominance and, in return, resistance is present on both sides”(Schmalleger & Smykla, 2015). Last but not least, the officers tend to lose their capacity and become shocked by the things they see or witness in these type of prisons”(Schmalleger & Smykla, 2015). “Over time it destroys them psychologically and brings outrage and sadism and violence and brutality”(Schmalleger & Smykla, 2015).
Major upheavals by the black community and the demise of innocent lives is one of the causes of police brutality. The violent acts of police officers should not be justified when there are always many alternatives that should have been considered before using violence. Today citizens live in fear of people that should be trusted, such as police officers, because it is their job and duty to secure and protect the people, however that is not the case, because as a result of police brutality, the people feel insecure and
Minorities in the community have been subjected to violence by law enforcement in the United States for some time. This violence is called police brutality and it is unacceptable. The job of a police officer is to maintain public order, prevent, and detect crime. They are a part of a dangerous and stressful career that can involve risky situations that must be controlled. Sometimes police are put in situations that excessive force is needed.
U.S Criminal Justice System United States criminal justice system may not be termed as the worst in the world. It is equally not the best system due to a variety of uncoordinated and uncomplimentary efforts among the components of the system that include the corrections, the police force, and the court system. Each of these components has a varying degree of responsibilities in the criminal justice system, which need be executed concurrently. However, due to lack of coordination, the relationship between the elements is characterized by conflicts, friction, and poor communication (Peak, 2012). The police service is also intended to protect the public, but in most instances, the relationship between the force and the public is tarnished so
Despite all the progress the criminal justice system has made over the years, there will always be flaws due to humanity. Humans will never be perfect, making this the biggest downfall of any operation involving people. In any given situation, there is a decision made to later have an outcome. Depending on the decision and how the situation is viewed, the outcome may be good or bad. Subculture, in my own words, is the way things are viewed or perceived by an officer.
In Law Enforcement and enforcing the law there is six areas in which police departments have been found to be defective or deficient. This is a very difficult topic for me to agree with because police officers are put in to very stressful and unknown circumstances on a daily bases. In many cases these scenarios require a decision to be made in a split second or it could be life or death. This split second decision has months and months to be twisted and picked apart by lawyers, jury, and mostly the media. Another reason police receive such attention is because it is their job to be in the view of the public at all times and today’s technology is making it even more difficult for them to effectively and efficiently do their jobs.
Many people would assume the police are there for our protection, nevertheless, there job is to protect the state. Some police officer that disobey the laws they are supposed to uphold. Some critics would believe that the people who fight back against police officers are the problem instead of the hidden racism. Police brutality has been affecting many people throughout history, which has become a social problem. Nevertheless, many people would state that the police are only doing their job, yet they are not being held accountable for their actions.