Building stronger community ties benefits both the community and police departments. The example of Austin suggests that “in developing and implementing the program, APD has found it important to have the support of not only the community but the department; from the first proposal, all levels of leadership, including the chief have provided their encouragement” (Adickes). As law enforcement professionals, we can successfully integrate our thinking skills with the need to promote community justice.
Moreover, we can participate in numerous leadership and collaboration programs, to ensure that community is given direct access to law enforcement resources, and that these resources work for the benefit of both law enforcement professionals and community members. Finally, in my career I look for developing and using effective critical thinking skills and applying them to resolve the issues and complexities, which law enforcement professionals face daily.
The case of Detroit police officers and their “Operation Ice Breaker, a city-suburban law enforcement effort to bust drug dealers and prostitutes along 8 Mile” used to falsify arrest reports suggests that we are still far away from making our system of law enforcement principles perfect. I want to be in law enforcement to prove that effective career and positive image are possible without falsification and cruelty. I want to be in law enforcement because I want to investigate the underlying factors that drive and maintain negative image of law enforcement in society.
I want to become a law enforcement professional to prove that we can build reliable and continuous cooperation with community members. Finally, I want to be in law enforcement to ensure that my skills and abilities can be successfully utilized to promote security and justice in my community. Certainly, I will not be able to resolve all complexities that currently characterize the system of law enforcement; nor do I seek to establish a completely new system of interrelationships between community and justice, which is virtually impossible.
As a law enforcement professional, I view my major task as being committed to the principles of legal fairness and morality. Moreover, I view morality as an indispensable element of a good law enforcement career. Ultimately, no changes in law enforcement will be possible, if we, as professionals, fail to recognize the need for a change, and whether we are able to improve the quality of all policing procedures will depend on our ability to timely address these emerging challenges. Conclusion
I want to pursue a career in law enforcement to explore the factors that shape the negative image of law enforcement in the eyes of community members; moreover, I am confident that we will not be able to resolve the complexities, which currently characterize law enforcement, if we simply refuse to become a part of highly professional law enforcement staff. Works Cited Adickes, J. “The Community Immersion Program: Building Relationships. ” 2009.
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