What problems are created by the existence of police discretion which policing style involves the least amount of discretion how can police discretion be used inproperly. We want police officers to have the option to use their discretion for the same reason we would never use computers to decide guilt or innocence even if technically, the technology would exist that would allow us to input all evidence into a computer and have the computer spit out a verdict, laws are a pretty blunt tool and cannot address. The key structural characteristic which underpins the policing of young people is the exercise of discretion - the choice between formal or informal courses of action, or inaction available to the police . The need for police discretion - discretion is the perfection of reason, and a guide to us, in all the duties of life (jean de la bruyère, nd), this quote epitomises the use of discretion in life moreover in policing.
Police discretion is used for minor offenses such as traffic incidents or public urination in these situations, the officer has a choice to fine/arrest the offender, or give them a written or verbal warningthere are multiple factors that can affect a police officer's discretion during a given incident. A question posted recently on quora asked, do police officers have too much or too little discretion police officer christopher hawk gave his opinion on the topic, below check it out and. Why is the importance of discretion in policing update cancel how do police use discretion while investigating a case what is the importance of being a police.
Police discretion david gonzalez university of phoenix introduction to policing cja/370 professor john w feltgen june 23, 2005 abstract in this paper i will discuss police discretion and the use of these discretionary powers in the law enforcement workplace. Police discretion has been observed to be common in domestic violence, drugs and traffic offences in matters to do with domestic violence, the police have been on the they have treated domestic violence as a private matter better left for counseling, cooling off periods. However policing has added policies and procedures to the mix, which i would argue have created more problems, in stifling police officer initiative and overall efforts of the beat cop to use his discretion on the street, which would in many cases end with police officers giving consideration to people they police.
4 ideas that could begin to reform the criminal justice system and improve police-community relations the use of force and aggressive policing, arrest and prosecution policies, the severity of. Intelligence led policing policeone analysis: 12 supreme court cases affecting cops this case is a great win for attorneys who defend police officers in civil rights lawsuits a. 21st century policing issues in the area of police practices the office of the attorney general maintains within the broad discretion of the police chief.
Excessive discretion runs counter to criminal justice goals inevitably, the police must use some discretion in carrying out their job but too much discretion can be dangerous — it can promote. Police discretion paper 1 patel 1 avsar patel professor bocker police and society 21 april 2014 discretion in policing today discretion is witnessed everywhere. Broken w indows and police discretion attorney general raymond c fisher associate attorney general laurie robinson assistant attorney general noël brennan.
Discretion in criminal justice systems attorneys and defense attorneys, the judge may use his discretion by approving the state recommended solution, or amending. Professional courtesy ethics in policing issues surrounding the use of police discretion by professional law enforcement officers in an ethical and meaningful way. Cjus 2030 study guide exam 3, the police search search w/ district attorney policing model expands the use of police discretion among officers at all levels.
Discretion, but to use it differently or favor on the basis of anything other than individual method is an abuse police community relations and the administration of justice, 8 th ed. To strengthen this trust, attorney general becerra is committed to increasing fairness and transparency throughout the criminal justice system by effectively implementing california laws critical to eliminating bias in policing and reducing unnecessary uses of force promoting evidence-based approaches and trainings to improve police practices. Understanding discretion in modern policing right to remain silent and their right to have an attorney courts can also oversee police accountability through judicial review.