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Unformatted text preview: Politics and policing Even though politics doesn't have a direct impact on the routine, daily decisions of police officers on patrol, the political culture of a community determines the style of law enforcement and the nature of departmental policy. Form of government (commissioner, mayor/council, city manager) makes a difference in the extent to which politics shape policing. Politics permeates police departments in cities that employ a mayor/council type of government. By contrast, a professional city manager makes political intervention into policing less likely. Politics of prosecution Political considerations influence prosecutors in a direct way. Prosecutors are elected in most states and are heavily involved in local politics. At the federal level, U.S. attorneys are political appointees and tend to mesh their career ambitions to the needs of their political party. Both state and federal and tend to mesh their career ambitions to the needs of their political party....
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This note was uploaded on 11/18/2011 for the course CJ 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '09 term at Texas State.
- Fall '09