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Police Department Deficiencies Macgyver Duarte 1 Police Department Deficiencies Macgyver D. Duarte March 19, 2016 CMRJ 303 Criminology – Prof Sadulski American Military University
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Police Department Deficiencies Macgyver Duarte 2 Police departments have been around for a very long time. They have a history of upholding the law and protecting citizens from each other, helping out by responding to and preventing any emergency. Police officers are given a lot of responsibility, where interactions with a police officer could affect someone’s life, to include taking one. While police departments are mainly filled with good police officers, there are those who are bad. Aside from bad police officers there are also areas in which some police departments differ than others. Throughout history there have been six areas in which police departments have been found to be defective or deficient: constitutional due process, civil rights, use of deadly force and police brutality, abuse of discretion, corruption and police-community relations. There have also been some major examples in history where these deficiencies have been magnified. Certain policies, laws, and procedures have been introduced throughout time to prevent and minimize the deficiencies. These areas can all tie into each other and sometimes one incident could include more than one. There are ways to minimize that type of behavior by implementing better training courses and adding more review and oversight of police officers. The first topic of law enforcement deficiencies, which can still be found today, is violations of constitutional due process. Due process is reasonable treatment through the justice system, to include law enforcement and judicial proceedings. It is important that police officers follow procedures, any knowing breach in procedures can result in legal action. A violation of due process occurs when a police officer infringes on one another’s rights. An example of a violation of due process would be to conduct a search of a person’s residence without a search warrant obtained by a judge. Incidents like that happen all too often, especially when a law enforcement officer gets stuck on a case, so they plant a single piece of evidence for them to obtain a search warrant. Even though that search warrant leads to actual incriminating evidence, the actions the
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Police Department Deficiencies Macgyver Duarte 3 officer took to obtain that warrant is illegal and can make everything that comes out of that warrant inadmissible in court. “The fourteenth amendment forbids "any state" to "deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law."” (Rubin, 1986). This statement is extremely important, that means you can’t just take someone accused of a crime and punish them without a fair trial. The way a department would be able to fix this deficiency is oversight.
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