DSST Intro to Law Enforcement

Officers are assigned to shifts based on seniority

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Officers are assigned to shifts based on: seniority, rotation, and bidding i. Most police departments use single officer patrols 89% i.i. New York mainly use two-officer patrols j. 3 basic styles of patrol j.i. Individual style j.ii. Supervisor style – supervisors may monitor their activities and expect certain levels of action (ex: for arrests or stops be made) j.iii. Organization style – j.iii.1. department can be watchman-based – focuses on peacekeeping without rigid law enforcement and minimal control over ranl j.iii.2. legalistic – based on enforcing the laws j.iii.3. service oriented – emphasizes needs of the community – this style mainly found in low crime rates, stresses community programs 89. Kansas City Preventative Patrol Experiment – took place from 1972-1973 KNOW THIS…– revealed that increased patrol did not reduce crime and citizens did not realize patrol was reduced 90. Sergeants – 1 sergeant is in charge of a 8-10 patrol officer crew 91. 911 Communications Center is heart of modern police department a. Operators make decisions on whether to dispatch b. Dispatcher then communicates the detail to the patrol officers b.i. lack of information is a difficulty facing the dispatcher b.ii. Patrol officers often arrive at the scene in a state of uncertainty because of lack of information c. Improvements made include computer and video cameras in patrol cars 92. 311 Communications Center introduced for non-emergencies 93. Criminal Investigation – begins when the police become aware of a crime a. Detectives – officers appointed to carry out investigation a.i. Undercover work a.ii. Informants - important source of information to police b. Preliminary investigation starts with b.i. Suspects are identified and arrested b.ii. Victims are provided medical aid b.iii. Crime scene is secured for forensic examination b.iv. Physical evidence is collected b.v. Preliminary reports are drafted b.v.1. Forwarded to detective for follow-up investigation c. Follow-up Investigation consists of routine activies such as c.i. Interviewing victims c.ii. Secondary activities such as canvassing for witnesses c.iii. Tertiary activities such as conducting stakeouts c.iv. Interviewing other witnesses
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c.v. Discussing the case with senior officers d. Criminalistic Specialist may be called to conduct a forensic examination of the crime scene d.i. Criminalistics rely on ballistics to analyze firearms and ammunition, projectiles, bombs and explosives d.ii. DNA – major advancement – DNA profiling 94. Case Attrition – only about half of all felony arrests result in convictions a. Increasing cooperation and reducing competition between officers and detectives are two important methods of enhancing the quality of investigative work 95.
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