Essay On Role Of Police In Criminal Justice

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Recently I moved into a new state and with that a new community. I live in a small city outside of Augusta Georgia. Here the population is just under 30,000 comprised of a heterogeneous community. Although the population is rather small comparted to many other cities, the area is rapidly growing. There is not a police department dedicated to our town, however, the police are through the county, Columbia county. Police presence is very low, and here is where I believe the problem lies. With not having a police agency right within in the community the police are not as present as I have seen in other places I’ve lived. The role of police in a criminal justice system is to detect, or act on reports of law violations, to apprehend suspects …show more content…
This can be accomplished by patrolling the area more instead of just responding to problems when they happen. Be more pro-active within the community and let the police presence be known and build a relationship with the citizens, and business within the community. Talk to the community and see where they think the problem areas are, and respond to their concerns. Let them know the police are listening and want and value their opinion. Building this trust and communication will better establish the relationship between citizens and …show more content…
The police will need to get meetings together and allow the community to communicate the problems they are seeing. The police can then formulate a plan with the community and businesses to address these problems and how they can work together to stop them. From forming neighborhood watches and reporting suspicious activity to problems as they occur or having police patrol problem areas more frequently to deter crime from happening. In addition, having a resource officer at the school, especially elementary school, to instill that positive relationship with young kids. To help with the cost of officers at schools, The COPS Office supports schools with grant money in order to help deploy school resource officers (COPS, n.d.). Here School resource officers are still sworn law enforcement officers which are still capable of making arrests, respond to calls, and document incidents, however, they are more importantly educators, emergency managers, and informal counselors to students (COPS,

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