(9) Role of the Police - The Role of the Police(Chapter 9...

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The Role of the Police (Chapter 9)
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Groups get together Brainstorm what is the role of the police What is their job How should they respond to various forms of DV Look at media – how do they portray the job of officer How does your town portray their role Should we take a reactive or proactive approach to DV – how would you take a proactive (community / problem) approach to this
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The Nature of Policing Current studies of policing developed specific types and styles of policing This labeling has restricted the expected range of police action LEO’s have preconceived ideas about what the job is as well Media and TV perceive it as nonstop crime fighting In reality they are called to respond to the mundane and domestic Service calls are a large part Writing reports and applying for warrants is more time consuming than responding and service calls combined In many jurisdictions DV disputes make up the majority of calls for assistance
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Forensic Interviewing Interviewing victims requires a full knowledge of children’s age and developmental levels Questions can not be leading Depth of information needed for prosecution is different from a social service interview There are legal guidelines as to how a child can be interviewed as well Lead to development of forensic interviewing – advocate special interviewing training for those investigating child abuse allegations Could be a LEO or a trained civilian depending on the community
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The Problem-Oriented Approach Proactive approach to reducing crime rather than random patrol efforts Two forms: 1. community policing - programs that respond to the needs of the community neighborhood watch – volunteer surveillance Community based intelligence approach justifies public mtgs and informal police contact – outlet for citizen concerns, ease tensions bt police and public public information about crime empowers citizens to protect themselves police legitimacy approach assumes that the public confidence will improve when they are treated fairly by police 1. Problem oriented policing - Programs that respond to specific problems zero tolerance, gun buy backs
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Police Response Strategies No consistency on how police combat DV Definitions vary from place to place In past, police had no power to arrest for crimes committed in their home Also lack of agreement about policing personal relationships
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The Role of Police in Child Abuse Use of police powers in child abuse cases is surrounded by controversy Initially police were named to receive reports of abuse – now child protection agencies do this as well – Leads to confusion 70s – specialized units developed to investigate and prosecute physical and sexual abuse to children 80s – develop multidisciplinary teams and interagency cooperation Others claim that inflated social service statistics invent a crisis where none exists others claim some solutions are phony, confuse poverty with neglect and
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