Police Values and Discretion
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The paper discusses how the traditional role of the police, which is to provide security and maintain law and order, has become more challenging as police struggle to meet the expectations placed on them. The paper addresses the recent demographic shift from mono-cultural to multi-cultural and multi-ethnicity, complicated dealings amid local, state and federal police and non-police authorities and higher demands and expectations from the American people, and notes that they bring into question the core principles with which the police officers execute their duties. The paper considers the significance of values in the actions and decision of the police and looks at various examples where police discretion has been morally challenged. In conclusion, the paper lists some of the morally conflicting decisions that police officers may have to make.
From the Paper:"The 21st century has made police work extremely complicated as they are faced with multi-dimensional challenges that are unparalleled in their scale. September 11, 2001 attacks are on example where cooperation was needed between all government levels, both horizontally and vertically. The local police departments were seen collaborating with the non-police state authorities and the federal agencies so as to avert any further catastrophe. Post 9-11 local police departments had to be trained to be vigilant against not just terror attacks witnessed on that day, but also to react and appropriately respond to chemical, biological, nuclear and other deadly attacks. The complications faced by the police are enormous and the challenges that lay ahead are unprecedented in their nature (Fitzpatrick, 2006).
"Police agencies are also collaborating with other government bodies to secure and protect American citizens. For instance, Pre 9-11, the intelligence agencies had been responsible for gathering, analyzing and using intelligence information. However, they are now compelled to share their data with the local police departments all across America. Furthermore, police agencies are also working with the fire department, healthcare agencies and other public organizations in order to develop and execute a practical and comprehensive counter-terrorism policy. All these collaborations mean that the police have got to be more careful and lucid in their approach (Fitzpatrick, 2006)."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Delattre, Edwin J. (1996) Character and Cops (Washington, D.C.: AEI Press), 17.
- Fitzpatrick, D.P. (2006). Moving beyond the Noble Cause Paradigm: Providing a Unified Theory of Ethics for 21st Century American Policing. Forum on Public Policy: A Journal of the Oxford Round Table.
- Lashley, Rickey D. (1995). Policework: The Need for Noble Character (Westport, Connecticut: Praeger), 4.
- Stojkovic, S. Kalinich D. and Klofas, J. (2003). Criminal Justice Organizations: Administration and Management (Belmont, California: Thomson-Wadsworth), 216.
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