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What is a mission statement
It is a written declaration of purpose.
What do police spend the majority of their time doing?
The majority of police actions have nothing to do with criminals law Enforcement but involve service to the community
How has the make-up of the police force changed in recent years.
Today police departments have minority and female officers. The education level is much higher, and fewer have military experience. More officers are also interested in helping people as they are in fighting crime.
What characteristics of police culture may lead to a code of silence
Solidarity (loyalty) and secrecy within a police department can result in a code of silence
Where does the police image originate from
The police image is affected by individual backgrounds, the media, and citizens personal experience with the criminal justice system
It is also shaped by appearance and police actions
What is a negative contact
Negative contacts are unpleasant interactions between the police and the public. They may or may not relate to criminal activity
What does the public expect from the police
People expect the law there be enforced except when enforcement limits their own behavior
What dilemmas do police officers face
The police are placed in the dilemma of being expected to win the war on crime, drugs, and terrorism, but are given no control on the causes of these problems. Police cannot win these wars alone.
People also expect the police to help then when they have a problem or when someone else is causing a problem
When do agencies or officers exercise discretion?
Each agency exercises discretion when it establishes its mission, polices, and procedures.
Each officer exercises discretion when decided when to issue citations or to make arrests when laws are violated.
How does discretion fit into community policies philosophy
Community policing emphasizes a wider use of police descretion
What does ethic involve?
Ethics involves integrity, honesty, values, standards, courage, and civility
What are the three (3) ethics-checks
- 1)is it legal?
- 2)is it balaced
- 3) how will it make me feel about myself
VOCAB: mission statement
A mission statement is a written declaration of purpose
VOCAB: 911 Policing
Incident-driven, reactive policing
VOCAB: Police culture
The informal values, beliefs, and expectations passed on to newcomers in the department; may be at odds with the formal rules, regulations, procedures, and the role of authority of managers
VOCAB: Negative contacts
Unpleasant interactions between the police and the public; may or may not relate to criminal activity
Freedom to make choices among possible courses of action or inaction, for example, to arrest or not arrest
Vocab: selective enforcement
The use of police descrtion, deciding to concentrate on specific crimes, such as drug dealing and to downplay other crimes such as white-collar crimes
VOCAB: Lucifer effect
The transformation of good people into evil.