Police Operations: Theory and Practice Essay

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Police Operations
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CJA/214
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Police Operations In the United States, policing agencies at all levels participate in various activities and operations. Responsibility, naming, function, authority, and jurisdictions vary at local, state, and federal levels of law enforcement. Although there is little uniformity among them—and the relationships between them need to improve—these agencies face the same dangers, use similar weapons and
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Situations in which law enforcement should not be in close contact with a criminal, PepperBall Systems are a non-lethal source of control. Similar to pepper spray, these fragile plastic balls contain PAVA pepper (Capsaicin II), which is an effective super-irritant. By using high-pressure air, the fragile balls may be launched accurately toward a target within 60 feet. Upon impact the ball breaks—releasing PAVA pepper. This will provide area saturation within a 200-foor range (PepperBall Non-Lethal Defense Systems, 2010). A common non-lethal shock device used by police is a taser. Tasers are designed to incapacitate a perpetrator briefly. From a distance, police can use a taser to piece through armor, rendering criminals defenseless. Technology Used in Policing In recent years, technological advances in communication and information sharing have affected police operations. Information Technology is used widely throughout policing agencies. Some examples of useful technology include the Internet, cellular phones, and mobile computers. The Internet is a useful tool for conveying information to the public. While in the field, police officers use cellular phones to communicate with others. Police may also use mobile computers for quickly retrieving information as it is needed (Walker & Katz, 2008). Computerized

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