At some point, cops were local heroes and real outstanding citizens in their communities. This lead me to question the sudden change in law enforcement stereotypes. The first thing I came across is that too many law enforcement officers have failed at maintaining a good public relation. What I mean by this is that, generally people want to feel comfortable speaking to police and trust isn’t given it is earned. When police officers fail to administer a friendship with their community, trust is never established. Plain and simply put, if the community can’t trust law enforcement, then when law enforcement does something that looks even remotely out of line, the community’s perspective of them will get worse. Another thing I learned, was that many people hate all law enforcement because they had one bad encounter with an officer. From an educated perspective it seems unfair and even laughable that this would be the case, but the proof was real. One bad encounter with law enforcement and that person can correlate it to every law enforcement officer they ever encounter again. The strongest answer I found to the negative association with police officers was media manipulation for ratings. With this being said, when an officer guns down an unarmed civilian, the media is all over that case. Very rarely does the officers point of view get to be included in the news cast and the main focus is always on the victim’s death. The issue with the media is often the news title. For example, “African American teen shot dead by police in Porterville”. The title of the news articles is usually misleading in order to interest the viewer into watching the news. This is especially true when the media feels it necessary to include the race of the victim into the title. This small town shooting of a criminal by law enforcement is now being shared all over the internet because the victim
Since William Westley’s seminal study in the 1950s, reports of a monolithic police culture have focused on the broadly collective attitudes, values, and norms that serve to manage strains created by the nature of police work and the disciplinary practices of police management and supervision (Brown, 1988; Crank, 1998; Drummond, 1976; Fielding, 1988; Kappeler, Sluder & Alpert, 1998; Manning, 1995; McNamara, 1967; Reiner, 1985; Reuss-Ianni, 1983; Rubinstein, 1973; Skolnick, 1994; Sparrow, Moore & Kennedy, 1990; Van Maanen, 1974 (1975?); Westley, 1970). A monolithic culture, which strives towards the homogeneity of attitudes, values, and norms associated with a single culture, could be projected to break up because organisational philosophies change (Chan, 1996; Fielding, 1994; Paoline et al.,
Police officers may enforce the law with a zero tolerance policy and utilize a crime fighter approach in cities known for high crime activities; however, there are several criteria that must be met before use of force is applied. All police actions must conform to departmental policies and procedures, and apprehensions of suspects must be executed with only reasonable force to effect an arrest. Racial profiling a specific ethnic group because they are known to commit crimes is unjustified, and it does not constitute as probable cause to detain an individual.
I recognize the same elements that shape police officers behavior to have an influence on my behavior at work. I work as a production assistant /security officer at a performing arts venue. Just as police officers often times have an exaggerated sense of mission towards controlling crime and are continually suspicious, I too have a sense of that feeling. At times, I have felt that intense pressure to protect too as at the center as I have to address any calls about suspicious people in the building. The center is a public building and has often times been vandalized, misused, and stolen from. It is a 68,000 square foot building and at times being the only security personnel can seem like a very intimating and discouraging task. Along with that point, I often times find myself jumping to conclusion and becoming suspicious of patrons without concrete evidence. Because the building has been a targeted area for crime in the past, I have become conditioned to automatically assume the worst when I see someone who deviants from the “norm” of our typical public patron. Prior to reading this article, I had held a strong stance of these aspects of police culture as being inexcusable and unbecoming, although after noticing similar behavior in myself when in a security role
Law enforcement has many tools they use to when determining how to approach a call. Whether the call is a traffic stop, a domestic call, or looking for a suspect to a crime. They all use their experience and judgement or better known as police discretion. Officers use their years of experience and knowledge to decide how to approach a situation. They have to come up with strategies to deal with each situation. Such as domestic violence calls, suspects with mental illness, and racial profiling calls. Every case is different and needs to be handled accordingly. They have to be cautious and observe for people and situations change constantly and quickly. Especially in something like domestic calls. When there is two people fighting they have to
In the black community, there have been many questionable incidents between police officers and black citizens. An officer might approach an African American who broke the law differentially than a White American based on their own discretion. Whereby an officer would hesitate to immediately arrest a white person for breaking the same law, they would handle the arrest of a black person differently. This is problematic: Police discretion impacts the way the society views the criminal justice system by having too much range on enforcing the law. Time and time again we see this being the case in relation to black America. Throughout this paper I will examine, explain and express the power of police officers, what discretion is and the officer’s
Over the course of time, racial tension and a corrupt law enforcement is an acknowledged topic that is well known to society; not only in America but worldwide. It’s an ongoing issue that we as people not always experience first hand face but constantly witness, whether it’s through social media or our own two eyes. The question is: will these issues continue or will it eventually dissolve? It seems to be that the past will never be forgotten and will always be recycled by our actions physically and, or emotionally. History tends to repeat itself- racial tension and corrupt law enforcement will always reside; unless we all unite to become one and protect our laws.
When looking at the distinction between yourself and a police officer look at what differences stand between you. Which one of you has more power? As pioneering scholar Jim Fyfe (1988) argues, “The police are the only American public servant authorized routinely to make quick, unilateral, irreversible decisions that are likely to result in the death of other Americans.” As shown in The President’s Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice, Task Force Report: The Police (Katzenbach et al., 1967) the use of firearms by police in instances to apprehend or arrest subjects is an extremely delicate matter that should be handled with caution. Task Force Report (Katzenbach et al., 1967)) outlines the cases in which deadly force
Racial and ethnic concerns have been plaguing the media from rants on social media, to CNN, and even the President of the United States (POTUS) has spoken of racial discrimination in the United States as more than just racial slurs, but instead it’s a deep rooted bias that many Americans preconceive of the many people with whom they interact with. When a person holds on to a negative bias regarding a specific race of individuals or ethnic group, unethical behavior can lead to unwarranted actions and those actions can lead individuals down the wrong path. When it comes to law enforcement personnel, these men and women are like every other person in the world; they are doing a job that many would be unable to perform on an everyday
Several events in recent history have cast the issue of police actions and the relationship between police and the citizens they serve into the fore front of a heated debate. The trust between officers and the U.S. public would appear to be unsustainably low. Yet a historical look reveals that the conversation is not new, rather the result of an up and down relationship that has existed since colonial watchmen first walked the darkened streets of the thirteen colonies. The low points in the police-community relationship are often marked with strong calls for reform. Those calls for reform have become synonymous with the ideas behind community policing initiatives being ingrained and experimented with around the country.
The most urgent problem facing society today is the growing distrust of law enforcement. Recently, there has been a rise in negative outbursts, both vocally and physically, towards the police. People are beginning to see them as being a hindrance rather than a help. My father used to be a police officer and thus has shown me I needed to always respect law enforcement. He has often told me that the job was stressful at times and he did have to make tough choices. People allow themselves to read into a situation that they see in person or just on television; in fact, they do not know the whole story. They are only seeing the arrest, attack, or shooting out of context. Often, the suspect provoked the police officer into doing what he did however
Everyone has their own opinion on how policemen or policewomen do their job, but not all cops are doing their job the right way. The police are protectors, but they are also part of the problem; police arrest criminals and help the public be as safe as they can, but police corruption still causes an issue. There are plenty of good, even extraordinary, police officers. There are also plenty or corrupt or horrible police officers. Statistics, though, show that the great far outweighs the horrible.
Police officers are seen with controversy in today’s society, with the media never failing to broadcast police misconduct and brutality, and half the population defending the police under any circumstance, it is easy to be misled on the real issue. Most police act through the way they believe are the most justifiable, but police justification has shown to be a problem in our country, as police officers are more likely to put their own biases ahead of the facts and evidence, and not admit when they make a mistake or admit when they are wrong. Although it would be unfair to group all police together while there are some who are true to the badge, prejudice and biases are still a problem in police society and has gone unpunished and ignored for too long. While the civilian population is trusting these police officers to protect them, the officers are
In almost all societies police is a source of controversy as it constitutes a legitimate force, interposed between the state and the law on one side and citizens on the other. What people think about the police and their work becomes extremely important and can serve as a significant social indicator of the political health of a society as a whole (Benson, 1981 cited by Andreescu & Keeling, 2010, p.1). The manner in which the stakeholders "see" the police can determine the perceived legitimacy of the institution itself, the respect and the citizens’ compliance with the law (Tyler & Huo, 2002), and the quality of their interaction and cooperation with the police as well. The police equally represents a matter of substance and image,