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1 POLICE ROLES Police Roles La’Karia Sam CJA 303 University of Phoenix February 21, 2011 Crystal Dickerson-Bynum
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2 POLICE ROLES Media portrayals vary in every aspect of the world. Each source of media gives its own aspect of the situation. The media tends to focus on what will make the ratings go through the roof and earning that extra dollar. The media focuses on what sells to society, not what is happening in society whether it is good or bad news. The justice system is only one of the aspects in media that is portrayed. Is the justice system portrayal justified, fair, and accurate? Media portrayal of police officers is a big problem in the misunderstandings and ignorance of how the criminal justice system works. Oftentimes, the criminal justice system is backlogged, which means that the cases are sometimes pushed through quickly instead of efficiently. People argue that the backlog is because of the tough laws and attitudes of law enforcement personnel. Crime is something an individual and society has to live with; it always occurs and eventually becomes a part of humanity’s norm in which one is fascinated with the substantial media attention. The media picks and chooses the crimes they portray and the manner in which they portray it to society. Usually the most violent crimes are the ones the media presents to the public, although an individual’s culture has an impact on how the criminal is viewed. The police fulfill at least five roles for society. They are: 1. Social Servant 2. Crime Preventer 3. Order Maintainer
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3 POLICE ROLES 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 pulled over a man who was later identified as Stanislav Vadimovich Bakanov from Oregon. He was pulled over because he was speeding doing 113mph on interstate 5 while driving his 2005 BMW. When the officer
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This note was uploaded on 11/02/2011 for the course POLICING T 333 taught by Professor Crystaldickersonbynum during the Spring '11 term at University of Phoenix.

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