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Lecture 16-Police

Lecture 16-Police - Police Discretion and Integrity...

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Police Discretion and Integrity
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Discretion and Integrity Police Discretion: Exercising choice in daily activities. The decision to make an arrest or to release a suspect are examples of discretion in law enforcement
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Discretion and Integrity Police discretion is influenced by a number of factors: 1. Officer’s background previous life experiences…learned prejudicial beliefs or experiences with prejudice…abuse/neglect as a child…
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Discretion and Integrity 1. Characteristics of the suspect men and women may be treated differently…clothing styles (biker’s attire), unkempt beards, unusual haircuts…other things suggesting nonconformity
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Discretion and Integrity 1. Department Policy Official policy can influence individual decisions…targeting certain offenses for example.
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Discretion and Integrity 1. Community Interest Public attitudes can influence decision making…zero tolerance toward drugs, child porn or child abuse…
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Discretion and Integrity 1.
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