Effects Of Police Culture

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Modern policing is in an internal and external struggle with Police culture and the roles policing plays in order today. Police culture or subculture, ostensibly, have virtuous effects and some severely immoral and unethical effects on the officers; consequently, the effectiveness of policing can be perceived as a diligent working force or a corrupt inept working force. This involves the attitudes of community members towards law enforcement officers; making an anti-police attitude or a more community minded policing structure. Changes have been made on the police roles and society, with the police culture, focusing on Criminal Justice and Social Justice. Reforms have been made to assist law enforcement officials carry out a much broader scope …show more content…
This forms a bond among officers and creates a high standard of loyalties for fellow officers. This bond is often called the “Blue Wall of Silence” These loyalties can present challenges for the officer to make ethical or unethical decisions to assist another officer in certain situations. Police officers have a tendency to contribute the attitude of authority with a “us versus them” attitude. The trust amongst officers is an important aspect of law enforcement, out in the field on the road depending on one another. There are more negative thoughts about police culture than positive; notwithstanding the positive effects have effective resources for the law enforcement officer which are essential to policing. Police Culture promotes reliable feedback and reliable foresight from other officers in a time of need. This culture assists the officers as a coping mechanism for the hostilities and stress from the job and management bureaucracy. As summed up by Eugene A. Paoline …show more content…
This does not preclude the reactionary role of policing, such as emergencies, investigations and other areas involving crime fighting as in traditional policing. Prevention for the community policing method is a broad scope of labor intensive hours worked. This includes community activities where police presence is noticed at functions, where officers are seen in high crime areas to dissuade more criminal acts from occurring and with interacting with individual’s in the communities to encourage the bond of trust between the officer and the citizen. Greater consideration for prevention is an important concept for the modern police officer and law enforcement agencies. (9)
In 1994 the 103rd Congress of the United States met and passed a bill for PUBLIC SAFETY AND POLICING and under TITLE I it states that: The purposes of this title are

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