c-1 - 8 December 2008-Lecture Topic #13: The police-Part I:...

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8 December 2008-Lecture Topic #13: The police-Part I: police discretion Complexities of police work 24 hr. availability jack of all trades Role conflict Split Second decisions Police discretion Definition Example The decision to arrest Legal factors Extralegal factors Why is police work so complex? Three reasons: 24 hr. availability jack of all trades Other gov’t agencies = 9 to 5 The police = available 24/7 Police must be able to do a variety of tasks Police must solve a variety of problems with little or no formal training Jack of all trades police must be : crime fighter, lawyer, EMT, mediator, social worker, doctor, mental health expert, and counselor
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Role conflict Responsibilities of police are contradictory (or conflict) Conflict between protect the public and protecting individuals rights Guilty ‘til proven innocent or innocent ‘til proven guilty? Interrogation and search/seizure Due process model=primary concern about protecting individuals rights Innocent ‘til proven guilty
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