Law Enforcement Officers' Use of Force Research Paper by Nicky

Law Enforcement Officers' Use of Force
A comprehensive investigation of the use of force by law enforcement officers.
# 149812 | 8,929 words | 22 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Jan 01, 2012 in Law (General) , Criminology (General)

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The paper explores the literature on the history of the use of force in law enforcement in the United States and examines Supreme Court cases which have dealt with the use of force by officers. The paper addresses the ramifications of the term "reasonable force" and explains that when and how the officer uses force will be determined by the situation and his or her reasonable judgment on how best to act. The paper also looks at the declining use of force and its impact on criminal levels and public relations.

Chapter One - Introduction
Chapter Two - History of the Use of Force in Law Enforcement in the United States
Chapter Three - Review of Law and Statistics
Chapter Four - What is "Reasonable Force?"
Chapter Five - The Declining Use of Force

From the Paper:

"The profession of law enforcement is one of the most misunderstood professions. The general public both reveres and fears the police officer and the movies and television warp the concepts and duties of an law enforcement office so much that it is difficult to tell what is real and what is not, what can be trusted and what must be avoided. Unfortunately, from the officers' points of view, the way they regard their jobs and the way they regard the citizens they have sworn to protect, there is much to misunderstand as well. The modern-day law enforcement agency is attempting to dispel any myths and facades which have grown up around the model peace officer and offer valuable training and knowledge to new recruits and young officers which will help them realize their true mission and duties, as well as their responsibilities toward their fellow citizens.
"In order to carry out their responsibilities, officers must be trained in the use of deadly weapons and other defenses. They also learn the proper terminology, language, and problems that misunderstanding the terminology might cause in the community. They learn their legal limits and their rights, as well as how they can carry out their duties in a legal manner. They learn about documentation of their actions and duties, and how valuable this paper documentation can be in the workings of the concerned community. They learn how positive interaction with members of the community, the media and the press can improve their job."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Beck v. Ohio, (1964). U.S. Supreme Court, 379 U.S. 89.
  • Bell v. Wolfish, (1979). U.S. Supreme Court, 441 U.S. 520.
  • Bureau of Justice Statistics, (2009). Crime and Victims Statistics. U.S. Department of Justice * Office of Justice Programs. Reviewed July 14, 2009 at
  • FBI Virtual Academy, Reviewed at
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (2008). Law enforcement officers killed and assaulted, Uniform Crime Report. Oct. 14, 2008. Reviewed July 15, 2009 at

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