Criminal Justice Essay

1257 Words Oct 26th, 2015 6 Pages
Running Head: Midterm Essay


Midterm Essay


Running Head: Midterm Essay


Briefly identify and explain the key differences and similarities regarding the UCR,
NIBRS, and NCVS programs.
The Uniformed Crime Reporting (UCR) Program displays crime data for the United States, as well as for states, cities, counties and colleges. This allows for a comparison among neighboring jurisdictions and among those with similar populations and other common characteristics.
The National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) collects information on the frequency and of crimes such as rape, sexual assault, aggravated and simple assault, household burglary, theft, and motor vehicle theft.
Both systems report different types
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Law enforcement has a chain of command just like the military with three policing styles that vary by department and region. The watchman style attempts to achieve “order maintenance”. The legalistic style attempts to enforce the letter of the law. The service style attempts to meet the needs of the community and serve its members.
In general, police officers are mandated to stay within the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth
Amendments. All law enforcement officials regardless of status or rank should be held accountable for their actions however, this is not always the case. There are three methods that guide American policing. Strategic policing retains the goal of professional crime fighting but enlarges the target to include serial offenders, gangs and criminal associations. It makes use of technology, intelligence operations and undercover stings (Schmalleger, 2014). Problem solving policing assumes that crimes are caused by social conditions within the community and that they can be controlled by addressing social problems (Schmalleger, 2014). Lastly, community policing supports the use of partnerships and problem solving techniques to address the issues that cause crime. (Schmalleger, 2014).
Ethical issues that plague law enforcement vary. Racially biased policing in which police officers are viewed as biased for example, taking that a predominately African American neighborhood is full of criminals. The use of

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