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The paper discusses how police discretionary decisions can result in the wrong decision at times and can allow police violence and abuse. The paper argues, however, that removing discretionary decisions from policing would create less critical thinking that could lead to even more overcrowding in jails and criminal justice facilities, leading to more public anger against the police and their methods. The paper contends that discretionary thinking leads to better decision-making in policing.
From the Paper:"Simply put, police discretion is the ability of police officers to make discretionary judgements on the job, for example, the decision to give a person a ticket for running a red light rather than giving them a warning. The office in the field has the ability to make a decision concerning the validity of a ticket or arrest, and weigh the seriousness of the crime with the consequences. An example of discretion would be an officer who stopped a person for running a red light, only to discover there was an injured person in the car, and the driver was trying to get to a hospital. In that case, the officer might forego a ticket, and actually help the driver by safely escorting he or she to the hospital. Discretion is the ability of the officer to make decisions according to the situation, rather than simply going strictly "by the book.""
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- O'Connor, T. (2004). Police discretion. Retrieved 28 Aug. 2008 from the Austin Peay State University Website: http://www.apsu.edu/oconnort/4000/4000lect07.htm.
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