Detecting police Misconduct

Police misconduct can be detected by engaging the public in the prevention of such incidents by making them aware of their rights. In detecting police misconduct, it is wise for the government leaders and the police officers superiors to ensure that they critically analyze any information that is brought to their attention on suspected police misconduct. Effective strategies of detecting police misconduct will need to be incorporated into the system.

Staffs in the police departments need to be engaged in these investigations. Moreover, the staff should make it their goals to always report such incidents when they are aware of their existence and not be their allies in enhancing the misconduct. II. Controlling Misconduct The public and other agencies should be made aware of the various institutions or commissions that they should approach when they are aware of any form of police misconduct.

To reduce misconduct, effective investigation strategies will need to be developed and this will happen if resources are well managed and channeled to assist in investigations, recommendations for disciplinary actions to be used can be made by staff members so that if they are implicated they will not say that the system is unfair. Exposure of the police officers who do not adhere to the ethical principles is good as this will serve as a lesson to other their fellow workmates.

This will be enforced if records of police misconduct and those who participate in them so that if a person is found to constantly engage I such actions they can be suspended or expelled from the system. Reforms in the code of police conduct is good as it lays the principles that the police ought to follow as failure to abide by the rules results in the offender being accused. Continuous training the police through certain programs like community policing will go a long way in addressing the problem. Moreover, such activities are geared towards promoting positive relationship between the police and the public.

Police review boards have been established in certain areas and other places need to adapt similar strategies as this will help the internal police management to identify areas that need to be improved on. “Reforms in the system have been made especially in New York City police department so that they can enhance their image against the brutality issues it has always been associated with (McArdle & Erzen, 2001). ” Review commissions need to be established as they help in investigating corruption allegations as well as finding possible remedies for some of the issues raised and procedures to be followed.

Conclusion The actions of the police officers say a lot about the police force and that is why their conduct needs to be shaped so that the public is able to trust them. The actions of the police emanate from the fact that they act in accordance to how they inter prate the law. When people disagree with the police in the way they are exercising their powers then the law enforcers need to look into such issues seriously as they result to violent and nonviolent forms of misconduct that affect the people. Policies need to be continually developed so that the rights of the people are not infringed by police officers.

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