Police Discretion Term Paper

Police Discretion
A discussion of the use of police discretion in the area of domestic violence.
# 119672 | 2,021 words | 8 sources | APA | 2009 | US
Published on May 16, 2010 in Criminology (General)

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The paper defines discretion and discusses the three variables that allow the police officer to use his discretion without hesitation and with professionalism; the offender variable, situation variable and system variable. The paper looks at the options the police have of arrest, mandatory leave of the aggressor, or mediation on scene, and notes that when discretion is used properly, the outcomes of these situations are usually positive.

Police Discretion
Defining Discretion
Causes of Discretion
Domestic Violence: Area of Discretion
Pro and Cons of Discretion

From the Paper:

"Our society has in place a criminal justice system. This system has three major components; the police, courts and the correctional institutions. According to Peak (2007) the "police have the responsibility of maintaining order, preserving the safety of the public, and responding to health and safety issues of individuals". Through this responsibility there are four main functions; enforcing the laws, performing services, preventing crime and protection of the innocent (Peak, 2007). When performing these responsibility and functions they are often on their own with no supervision. Through training and policies they receive they perform their duties with a degree of discretion."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Alpert, G. P., MacDonald, J. M. & Dunham, R. G. (2005). POLICE SUSPICION AND DISCRETIONARY DECISION MAKING DURING CITIZEN STOPS*. Criminology, 43(2), 407-434. Retrieved October 13, 2008, from Criminal Justice Periodicals database. (Document ID: 947918291).
  • Gaines, L., & Kappeler, V. (2008). Policing America (6th Ed.).Newark, NJ: Matthew Bender and Company, Inc
  • Hirschel, D., Buzawa, E., Pattavina, A.& Faggiani, D. (2007). DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND MANDATORY ARREST LAWS: TO WHAT EXTENT DO THEY INFLUENCE POLICE ARREST DECISIONS? Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology, 98(1), 255-298. Retrieved October 13, 2008, from Criminal Justice Periodicals database. (Document ID: 1486357151).
  • Kernsmith, P. & Craun, S.W. (2008). Predictors of Weapon Use in Domestic Violence Incidents Reported to Law Enforcement. Journal of Family Violence, 23(7), 589-596. Retrieved October 15, 2008, from Research Library database. (Document ID: 1528943521).
  • Nickels, E. L. (2007). A note on the status of discretion in police research. Review of medium_being_reviewed title_of_work_reviewed_in_italics. Journal of Criminal Justice, 35(5), 570. Retrieved October 13, 2008, from Criminal Justice Periodicals database. (Document ID: 1337099251).

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