Three Crucial Elements that Define Police Roles Analytical Essay by Lady Sleuth

Three Crucial Elements that Define Police Roles
An analysis of the role of American policing in light of society's contemporary needs.
# 146828 | 2,203 words | 3 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Jan 18, 2011 in Law (Criminal) , Criminology (General)


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Description:

This paper draws on the tenets of the history of American policing and interprets the role of the police through the light of the contemporary needs of our modern society. The paper explains that the role of the police in our American society has undergone significant upheavals, shifts, and transformations in every aspect imaginable, as evidenced by such occasions as the formal designation of a police system, the literal physical appearance of officers in varying uniforms, and the structuring and re-structuring of individual organizations. The paper notes that these shifts and changes coincided with shifts in expected outcomes, societal upheavals, significant changes in strategies and philosophies, and differing amounts of influence from both within and without the formal police agency. The paper concludes that the definition of the role of our modern day police is not exempt from continuing transformations and shifts; if anything, the role of the police in our society is becoming ever more complex.

Outline:
Introduction
Body
Conclusion
References

From the Paper:

"Flexibility is not only required for a police organization as a whole, but also for each individual member of the police organization. If we agree and afford legitimacy to the tenet that physical force is secondary to all other means of enforcement, and then only to be applied in the minimum measure and intensity necessary to accomplish the objective as Peel states, then we begin to get an inkling of how important flexibility is to the role of the police. An individual police agent or a group of police actors must possess great flexibility in assessing what measures to employ in enforcing compliance and this is particularly so when deciding when to use force, what force to use, and how much force to apply. Flexibility is not only required for a police organization as a whole, but also for each individual member of the police organization. If we agree and afford legitimacy to the tenet that physical force is secondary to all other means of enforcement, and then only to be applied in the minimum measure and intensity necessary to accomplish the objective as Peel states, then we begin to get an inkling of how important flexibility is to the role of the police. An individual police agent or a group of police actors must possess great flexibility in assessing what measures to employ in enforcing compliance and this is particularly so when deciding when to use force, what force to use, and how much force to apply."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Dunham, R. G., & Alpert, G. P. (2010). Critical issues in policing: contemporary readings. Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press.
  • History of the Nine Principles of Policing Briefing Document. (2009, May 25). Magnacartaplus - to advance civil liberties. Retrieved January 10, 2011, from http://www.magnacartaplus.org/briefings/nine_police_principles.htm#nine_principles
  • Walsh, W. (2011, January). Principles Governing the Relationship between Police and Neighborhoods. Blackboard.louisville.edu. Retrieved January 10, 2011, from www.blackboard.louisville.edu

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Three Crucial Elements that Define Police Roles (2011, January 18) Retrieved February 20, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/three-crucial-elements-that-define-police-roles-146828/

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