Today I am going to describe the issues facing police departments in today’s society. This is something that everyone has with their police departments in different states and how they work out. Some of the police departments are facing from society today are the corruption, on-the-job dangers, and the use of deadly force. When things like this happen and they need to use their power you have the worry that someone will try to blame you for racial profiling and exposure to civil liability. One of the hardest things the police have to do is serve a multicultural society.
Multicultural society being the most challenging thing that face American law enforcement today. Police corruption has been something that has been going on for many years. Though you have many officers out there that will do their jobs with the up most professionalism, there are officers out there that think they can use their title to do think they shouldn’t be doing. For an example “In 2006, for example, Border Patrol Agent Oscar Antonio Ortiz pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to smuggle aliens into the United States (Schmalleger, 2011, p.268)”
Doing things the police are not supposed to do like this example gave is what give police officers a bad name. I think that this is a wonderful statement made that I think is very true for all of the people around that believe in the police officers to help them with crimes. “For Policing to be successful, and crime reduction efforts to be effective, citizens must have trust in the police (Schmalleger, 2011, p. 273)” The on the job danger is something that everyone in the world knows that police have to deal with every day.
Police officers never know what they could be walking into at any time. In Washington D. C. they have a law enforcement memorial wall that has names of 12,561 law enforcement officers that have been killed in the line of duty. More than 6,000 officers name have been added to that wall since opening day on October 15, 1991. There are times when officers need to use hard force or even deadly force. “Law enforcement officers are authorized to use the amount of force that is reasonable and necessary given the circumstances.
” Police can’t just use force for no reason at all they have to have a reason for the force they are using. For an example when the police are hand cuffing someone definition of force is a good reason to use the force needed. Studies show that 88% of use-of-force involves grabbing or holding the suspect. description of how local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies currently interact with the U. S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Local, State, and federal law enforcement agencies currently interact with the U. S. Department of homeland Security (DHS).