Principles of Good Policing: Avoiding Violence Between Police and Citizens

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Thesis Statement: police discretion is the framework for promoting justice in police-citizen interactions in the traffic sector.

Police officers face a myriad of challenges in their line of duty. Most cases necessitate sound decisions to settle disputes amicably. When they apply discretion in an incoherent manner, they may end up abusing human rights. Therefore, they apply it when dealing with legal sanctions such as making arrests, giving out a ticket and stopping the offending party. Miller, Blackler and Alexandra (2006) state "police are specialized role players who preserve order and enforce the law" (p. 11). Sometimes, vagueness results when communities fail to engage in a consensus to streamline the issues that constitute
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This is especially due to suspicion over their activities once they stop a suspect. When police officers suspect a vehicle or a person, they normally ask for observers and supplementary officers on shift. When they feel troubled, doubtful or do not trust an individual, they form a suspicion. In most cases, it is the suspect's behavior that concerns the officer on duty. However, the concern does not always end up in a stop of the vehicle or the individual. Sometimes, they realize that their suspicion lacks evidence of wrong doing. In fact, 100 stops resulted from the officer's suspicions that they formed. Several factors influenced the likelihood that an officer may stop someone on the basis of suspicion. However, none of the character traits of the suspects was significant. In other words, the officers may stop an individual regardless of their gender, race, and social economic class.
Discretion, Suspicion and Making a Stop Research on police behavior employs an experimental and observational methodology to examine their activities when they handle a citizen. It mainly concentrates on whether or not a stop or arrest followed any formal intervention after a stop or police-civilian interaction. Experimental observation aims at investigating the officer's decision before an initial contact occurs. Observational studies in criminal justice aim at collecting data on the reaction and actions that police officers exhibit during an encounter.

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