2010-02-20_030442_police_in_society (Autosaved)

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POLICE ROLES
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POLICE ROLES The police fulfill at least five roles for society. They are: 1. Social Servant 2. Crime Preventer 3. Order Maintainer 4. Crime Fighter 5. Crime Stopper These roles in the social order allow the police to maintain order and stop crimes. If we look at them in reverse order, they provide some perspective of the public view and the reality of police work. A Crime Stopper is what the public views the police as the most. They are there to interfere, to stop a crime that is occurring and catch the men or women committing them. This can best be seen in the story from the Associated Press on February 16, 2011 where Sheriff’s Deputies rescued a woman who had been kidnapped, was being held captive, and was being beaten and raped in a mobile home. In the process, the officers also found evidence of a drug sales operation in the mobile home, and detained the residents and released the woman being hurt for treatment. (AP, 2/16/11) By actually capturing the suspect in the act of committing a crime, officers will be better able to fulfill the other four roles that are needed by the public. This is a role, however, that television and the movies have embellished into the concept of “shoot ‘em up” events that the public sometimes thinks police work is really like. This role is just a support or an extension of the other four.
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POLICE ROLES Crime Fighter is a more likely role. A State police officer, Steven Carroll, 25 was stabbed under his vest after he pulled over a man for a tail light being out. Once pulled over and the suspect was out of the car the officer suspected alcohol and started to perform a sobriety test. The suspect then begins to wrestling with the officer and eventually stabbing the officer. The suspect then ran and shot at the officer with a .357 while the officer chased after him. The officer eventually gets the situation under control after he
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