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1 POLICE DESCRIPTION Police Description La’Karia Sam University of Phoenix Policy theory and practice CJA/333 Crystal Dickerson Bynum March 21, 2011
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2 POLICE DESCRIPTION Police Description Police officers are hired to protect citizens and their property. They also maintain order, and catch criminals who break the law, and try to prevent crimes from occurring. In smaller towns they perform more duties than usual but the work load is easier and lighter. Police departments in large cities have a more structured division of responsibilities. Some police officers patrol on duty on foot, squad car, motorcycle, and in some cases a bicycle; controlling traffic, or work as detectives investigating crimes. At the police stations, officers are assigned their work duty rather if it is to work in the crime laboratory or records departments. Most police officers keep their same duties unless an injury occurred and the officer needs a lighter duty job. All officers must file reports of incidents, and may have to testify at trials and hearing. Most police officers are supervised by other senior officers. The chain of command is modeled after the armed services. In larger cities sergeants, lieutenants, and captains usually direct the work of squads or ranking officers. Many police officers in larger cities work as patrol officers, assigned to either
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