Law Enforcement Today

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Law Enforcement Today
Steven Camp
CJS/200
Apr 26, 2015
Keith MC Ininch

Law Enforcement Today
Policing today’s American society has become more than just capturing the criminals. The daily tasks of law enforcement on local, state, and federal levels are challenging for these agencies. Law enforcement today must cope with issues, maintain and improve interaction amongst the upper and lower levels of the agencies, and look for ways to improve upon those relationships, all in an effort to protect and serve.
Law enforcement agencies, more particular, the officers who work in those agencies, are constantly faced with issues of trust and integrity (Schmalleger, 2001). The dangers associated with being a law enforcement agent are inherent to the job itself. Officers are subject to violence of the offenders, health hazards at crime scenes, and the dangers of vehicular traffic among other dangers. Schmalleger presents that 134 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty in 2008 (pp. 276). Issues of racial and biased profiling also present problems for law enforcement. It is important for officers to maintain a balance of justice and to treat all citizens equally. This becomes an issue many times when the crime occurs and the victim of said crime was a member of a minority group. If the victim were black in a predominantly white community, the police may find themselves looked at as not doing all they can to find the criminal. On the other side of that, if the criminal were suspected to be black, the police may be accused of trying too hard to to find them guilty. Race is not the only issue when it comes to profiling, especially since the attacks on September 11, 2001. Today law enforcement officers must proceed with caution with regards to religion, and make extra efforts to show they are not targeting specific religious beliefs.
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