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David Meza AC1803625 Assignment 4 Policing J04V 07/16/2020 (Thursday)
David Meza AC1803625 Assignment 4 Policing J04V Policing Assignment 4 In this essay I will be speaking about negative and positive factors that affect the public’s perception of police officers. I will also discuss functions of peacekeeping that would bolster maintaining order within the community and law enforcement agencies. In the United States right now, law enforcement officers are facing many challenges because of the current social climate they are facing. Today the United States is facing a global pandemic with Covid-19 and the defund the police movement who is working on dismantling police departments throughout the nation. The people’s attitudes towards law enforcement seems like its digressing in some areas, in other areas it seems like things are becoming a little better. There has been recent transparency with equipment like body cameras, and in car camera systems in patrol vehicles. The people have access to incidents and law enforcement reports more now than they have in the past, but attitudes are continuously changing. Organizational Factor: Attitudes toward law enforcement officers may vary by race, religion, age of people, and demographics. Reports have shown members of minority groups and younger individuals have a tendency of favoring less of law enforcement. Older individuals of many races and religious backgrounds have a tendency of favoring more. Studies also show sixty eight percent of white Americans, forty percent of African Americans, and fifty nine percent of Hispanic Americans have a favorable view of law enforcement officers. People of different races and religions historically have seen law enforcement differently. They differ about police efficacy, impartiality, honesty, empathy, tactics, and accountability. The race and age of people has a big role on attitudes towards the police. It may be mediated by many variables like socio economic status, frequency of contact with the police, the nature of contacts, and other factors are important in fashioning attitudes towards the police (Brown). For instance, some groups are more likely to report verbal or physical abuse from

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