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Many police officers typically view themselves as crime fighters or crook catchers and the media tends to portray policing in the same fashion. As a consequence, many people seeking careers in law enforcement do so because of the “exciting” connotation surrounding police work. But how accurate is this view of policing? How much actual crime...
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The value of a college degree for people wanting careers in law enforcement has been debated for decades. While the research is not conclusive on the effects a college education has on police officer performance, there are a number of compelling reasons for people interested in law enforcement careers to obtain a college degree. So...
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Policing is an inherently spatial activity. That is, policing happens somewhere. This may sound obvious, but many politicians and theorists seem to have either forgotten about the geographic component of police work or never thought about it at all. Further, it is not just that policing happens somewhere, it’s that all somewheres, despite their potential commonalities, have...
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A police department is only as good as the aggregate of its membership, and, in some cases, it is only as strong as its weakest or least professional officers. Police administrators have long recognized this fact and substantial effort and resources toward selecting the best applicants for positions as police officers. Today, even with the...
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officers affect the operations of the entire criminal justice system, but police are said to be the “gate keepers” of the system: “They are usually the first to make contact with accused offenders and are in a position to make some very important decisions about what will happen to those individuals.
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. Community policing, in its ideal form, not only addresses community concerns, but it is a philosophy that turns traditional policing on its head by empowering the community rather than dictating to the community. In this sense, policing derives it role and agenda from the community rather than dictating to the community. Community policing rests...
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People frequently associate criminal investigations with detectives. These perceptions are probably based on the many popular television shows and novels that characterize the detective as the person responsible for investigating crimes and bringing criminals to justice. Investigations are not the exclusive domain of detectives. Other police personnel such as those assigned to patrol, traffic, or...
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