Policing

Dallas PD You’re Not Alone

I don't normally post my thoughts or feelings online but in light of the recent violence plaguing our society here is my perspective and feelings after spending an overnight shift getting updates and watching the violence unfold in Dallas and then finally getting off shift this morning.

Every day when I drive to work I leave my home knowing I might not return. I receive a message or a phone call from my mom telling me to be safe and that she loves me because my family knows that I might not return to their loving arms. Every shift I strap on a vest that will only protect me from a small number of things that are meant to do me harm. I put on an ankle holster that holds a tourniquet, combat gauze, and other last resort medical supplies should I face deadly circumstances. I put on a belt that is weighed down by my pistol, extra magazines, pepper spray, baton, taser, flashlight, radio, handcuffs, and other tools. It's both a physical and mental weight that I carry with me throughout my shift. It weighs heavy on my hips causing bruising and discomfort. But it also weighs heavy on my heart and mind. The weight is a constant reminder that I might be called to take a life in order to protect...
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Police Culture: A Moral and Ethical Standpoint
Most would agree that the job of law enforcement is both demanding and very stressful.  Everyday, brave men and women wearing the uniform, stand courageously behind the badge valiantly protecting society; knowing that this day may very well be their last.
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The Five Expectations That The Community Has Of The Police
There are five generally accepted expectations that citizens in the United States have on the police. These expectations include protection of citizens’ rights, development of police as role models, enhancement of support for rules and laws to the community, develop solutions to...
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Extralegal Police Violence
The issue of extralegal police violence can be contributed to personal or departmental factors. Individual factor such as officer competence and integrity and departmental factors such as the characteristics of police work and police organizations, are the major reasons of police...
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Search and Seizure: Making Communities Safer
The debate over the 4th Amendment and the protection against unnecessary search and seizure has been a heated topic not only in our nation’s court rooms but between average citizens among us.  In the majority opinion in Mapp v. Ohio (1961), Justice Clark suggested...
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Less Lethal Force: Pepper Spray Rounds
Challenges Of Police Training In The Community Policing Era    
    As we examine the events which unfolded on the evening of October 21, 2004, where a twenty-one year old college freshman was tragically killed, we find ourselves scrutinizing the tactics that were employed by the Boston Police Department.  According...
    As law enforcement reform, progresses and advances and society changes, the training law enforcement receive must adjust. Police are currently in the community policing era. Police training however, has been slow to adapt to community policing.
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Commencement Of Community Policing Strategies
    In the mid 1970’s the Safe and Clean Neighborhoods Program was created in attempt to improve the quality of community life in cities in the United States. This program provided funds to take police officers out of their patrol vehicles and...
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