Law Enforcement Officers vs their TV Images Comparison Essay by Peter Pen

Law Enforcement Officers vs their TV Images
A discussion of the differences between the actual roles of law enforcement officers and their images on television.
# 103141 | 1,161 words | 4 sources | APA | 2008
Published on Apr 22, 2008 in Communication (Mass Media) , Communication (Television) , Criminology (General)

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This paper discusses the roles of the various departments designed to deal with all aspects of upholding and maintaining law and order within society. It particularly focuses on how the public's perception of how the roles of individuals play out are a direct reflection of the media's portrayal of different departments in over dramatized T.V. shows such as 'COPS' and 'Law and Order'. The paper looks at how image may contrast to reality.

Table of Contents:
Crime Fighters
Social Servant
Order Maintenance
Crime Prevention

From the Paper:

"The roles of the police whilst performing order maintenance, is tantamount when the safety of all involved could be in question. A prime example of this was displayed late last year when sharpshooters circled a court house in Utah. What was the focus of their attention? A polygamist was being charged with allegedly forcing a 14 year old girl to marry her 19 year old first cousin.
"In a case like this, the crowds that will be drawn will range from the righteous Christians to outraged citizens. The police have no choice but to take the stance that there could be trouble. This article focused mainly on the antics of this young man and his extremist religious beliefs but I was drawn by the title and the opening paragraph which read, "Amid extraordinary security, the leader of a polygamist sect went to court Tuesday to learn if he will go to trial for allegedly forcing a 14-year-old girl to marry an older man. Police sharpshooters were posted on hills that ring the courthouse" (Dobner, 2006, 1)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Baca, Lee, January 10, 2006, Sheriff: Taking on the killers in Compton, Retrieved March 26, 2007 from
  • Dobner, Jennifer, November 21, 2006, Sharpshooters Surround Court for Top Polygamist's Trial, Retrieved March 26, 2007 from
  • Holland, John, March 26, 2007, Fla. Chief Blasts Officer Accused in Scandal, Retrieved March 26, 2007, from affairs/articles/1231804/
  • Pabst, Georgia, March 25, 2007, Outpouring of Citizens Help Wisc. Police Catch Suspects, Retrieved 03/25/2007 from

Cite this Comparison Essay:

APA Format

Law Enforcement Officers vs their TV Images (2008, April 22) Retrieved December 04, 2023, from

MLA Format

"Law Enforcement Officers vs their TV Images" 22 April 2008. Web. 04 December. 2023. <>