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Running head: PUBLIC SAFETY AND INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS PAPER 1 Public Safety and Individual Rights Paper Brandon Billaci AJS/583 June 16, 2020 Alexa Nolle
PUBLIC SAFETY AND INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS PAPER 2 Public Safety and Individual Rights Paper Introduction There was a time when Public Safety and Individual rights went hand and hand as far as people not wanting to give up individual rights for the sake of public safety. This day in age however there seems to be an extraordinarily strong debate rather or not individual rights and liberties are worth retaining for the “good” of public safety. The right of the people is given to them by the United States Constitution, even more specific the Bill of Rights, which is covered by the firs 10 amendments of the Constitution. These amendments spell out the people’s rights that they have in relation to the United States government. Though these rights have been given to the people by the government to protect them against certain issues that may arise when dealing with the criminal justice system. While it is the duty of law enforcement officers and private security professional to uphold the law, they must be able to do so while also making sure that they protect the individual rights of the people. The statutory authority of those officers and private security professionals has its limitations. This paper is going to discover just that, in this paper we will discuss the statutory authority and the responsibilities of government officials, security personnel, and private citizens. This paper will also look at the practices or laws relating to search, seizure, and surveillance by police, corrections, security personnel, and private citizens, also a comparison of the laws relating to the use of force by police, corrections, and private security. Finally, this paper will look at individual privacy rights and laws relating to policy, practice, and procedures Statutory authority and the responsibilities of government officials, security personnel, and private citizens (government) Statutory authority has been derived from the regulations and the laws that have been passed by the government, when it comes to public safety the government has many different
PUBLIC SAFETY AND INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS PAPER 3 types of statutory authority and have more than their private security and private citizen counterparts. It is the Declaration of Independence that laid out these types of rights, it is in the saying “to secure these rights, governments are instituted amongst men”. In layman’s terms this means protecting a man’s rights by protecting him from physical violence (2017). Government officials are typically elected and sworn into their appointed positions, when they are sworn into their positions, they are swearing to uphold the laws, duties and guidelines of the state and/or people appointed over them this is to include local state and federal agencies they work for. Government officials such as law enforcement officers, judges, mayors and even

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