Essay on Police Professionalism and Responsibility

1365 Words Jan 21st, 2011 6 Pages

American Military University
April Marshall
CMRJ201 Criminal Justice Administration
Final– Research Paper
Professor Charles Russo

The purposes of this paper are identity and explan in depth history of Law Enforcement professionalism and responsibilities. The analytical content and data collected for this paper was obtained from a literature review of peer reviewed scholarly articles within the American Military University’s online library, as well as from scholarly texts.

Professional Policing comes to America
As reforms efforts gained momentum and politics played a less obvious and less intrusive role in policing, law enforcement in America began
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Police professionalism and police ethics work in unisons. It should be noted that ethics training is still not well integrated into most law enforcement training programs, but a movement in that direction has begun amid call for expanded police ethics. Police ethics is defined as the special responsibility to adhere to moral duty and obligation that is inherent in police work. Professional associations are abound in police work. The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) is one of the best known organizations of public service workers in the United States. The International Associations of Chiefs of police has done much more to raise professional standards in policing and continually strive for improvements in law enforcement nationwide.
Accreditation is another avenue toward police professionalism. The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) was formed in 1979. Police departments seeking accreditation through commission must meet hundreds of standards in areas as diverse as day to day operations, administration, review incidents involving of a weapon by officers, and evaluation and promotion of personnel. As of June 1, 2003 only 588 (3.3%) of the nations 17, 784 police agencies were accredited while a number of others were going through accreditation process (Schmallerger2007, p. 207). However, many accredited agencies are among the nation largest. As a result 24 percent of full time law

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