In this essay I will describe the issues facing the police departments in today’s society, How local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies currently interact with the U. S. Department of Homeland security (DHS). I will also include my own suggestions on how the relationship between DHS and police departments may be improved. According to Schmalleger (2011) some issues that police departments face in today’s society are corruption of police officer which is the abuse of police authority for personal or organizational gain.
The combination of power, authority and discretion produces great potential for police corruption, and police corruption does not only effect the police department but it also effects the way that the community look at all police officers which makes them apprehensive to even work together with the police department. On the job dangers is another issue that effects police departments in today’s society and with the climbing crime rates in the world today police officers and their families fear that every time they leave for duty they may not come home.
On the job dangers include but are not limited to violence in the line of duty and risk of disease and infected evidence. Stress and fatigue is an ongoing issue for the police departments in today’s society and because stress is a natural component of police work and ranks policing among the top ten stress-producing jobs in the country. Racial profiling and biased policing is an issue with police departments in today’s society and causing a lot of minorities reporting mistreatment from police officers and while more cell phone footage and audio surface of police abusing power it is still a major problem.
The last but certainly not the least of the issues that the police departments face in today’s society are civil and federal suits which are cause but again not limited to Lack of due regard for the safety of others, Unnecessary assault or battery, Failure to aid private citizens Violations of constitutional rights, False arrest Racial profiling, Inappropriate use of deadly force Patterns of unfair and inequitable treatment, and Malicious prosecution etc (Schmalleger, 2011). .
After the terrorist attacks on the U. S. The DHS and local, state and federal law agencies teamed up to create a safer environment and to protect our communities from the specter of both crimes and Terrorism as well as easing concerns from the communities (Schmalleger, 2011). The Department of Homeland Securities interacts with local, state, and federal enforcement agencies by the developing, gathering, accessing, receiving, and sharing of information.
Homeland security proposals must be developed in a local context, acknowledging that local, not federal, authorities have the primary responsibility for preventing, responding to, and recovering from terrorist attacks. Prevention, not just response and recovery, must be paramount in any national, state, or local security strategy. For too long, federal strategies have minimized the importance of prevention, focusing instead on response and recovery.
Because of their daily efforts to combat crime and violence in their communities, state and local law enforcement officers are uniquely situated to identify, investigate, and apprehend suspected terrorists. Homeland security strategies must be coordinated nationally, not federally. A truly successful national strategy must recognize, embrace, and value the vast diversity among state and local law enforcement and public-safety agencies. A one-size-fits-all approach will fail to secure the nation. The need to effectively share criminal intelligence across urisdictions and between law enforcement agencies nationwide became apparent with the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Consequently, governments at all levels are today working toward the creation of a fully integrated criminal justice information system (Schmalleger, 2011). I believe the way that the way that the relationship between DHS and police departments can be improved is by communicating better because communication is crucial in any relationship and conveying and relating meaningful information.
Another way that DHS can improve their relationship with police departments has a lot to do with sharing information and making sure that the information being shared is effectively passed on time, and with all the information missing no information. In conclusion although the police department faces many issues in today’s society with the bad certainly comes the good and living up to the police motto “To protect and serve” and even though the police departments ranks in the top ten stressful occupations it also has the best rewards and anyone could agree that is what makes it all worth it.
Whether it is the police department or DHS we all work together as a unit the police department needs the community and DHS needs law enforcement agencies we are all connected, no job too little because it is similar to a factory line in order for it to work properly everyone needs to play their part.