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The paper discusses how media portrayals have contributed to a public perception of police officers as crime fighters. The paper shows that, while these portrayals are correct in acknowledging this important role, the media tends to overshadow the other equally important roles of police officers. The paper therefore takes a look at all four roles of police officers: as crime fighters, crime preventers, maintainers of social order and finally as social servants. The paper provides examples of how police officers fill these different tasks.
Sample of Sources Used:
- Kimberley Jackson. (2006). "On the beat." Anacortes American January 16: 6.
- McGreevey, Patrick and Richard Winton. (2007). "FBI joins L.A. policing effort in war on gang crime." Los Angeles Times January 19: 1.
- Radin, Charles A. (2007). "Police boost forces to stop unruly fans." The Boston Globe. January 20: A1.
- San Antonio Police Department. (2006). Downtown foot and bike patrol. Retrieved January 20, 2007, from Official Website of the San Antonio PoliceDepartment Web site: http://www.sanantonio.gov/saPD/bike.asp?res=1024&ver=true
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Police Roles (2007, July 14) Retrieved October 28, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/term-paper/police-roles-96739/
"Police Roles" 14 July 2007. Web. 28 October. 2020. <https://www.academon.com/term-paper/police-roles-96739/>