What Are The Three Policing Styles And Describe How They Differ

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1. What is meant by the phrase “the rule of law,” as used in a democratic society?
The rule of law and democracy go hand in hand. The rule of law states that law should govern a nation and that the nation should not be governed by individual government officials. A key feature of democracy is the constitutional limits on power. “Fundamentally, constitutional limits on power, a key feature of democracy, requires adherence to the rule of law.” ("Rule of Law: Essential Principles | Democracy Web", 2016) The rule of law ensures protection for the majority from tyrants and arbitrary powers. It also serves to protect the minority from the majority. If the rule of law would fail to exist the result could end up with mob rule. In a mob rule society there are often corruption and violence which in turn leads to a dictatorship and denial of individual rights.
2. Identify the three policing styles and describe how they differ.
The three styles of policing listed in the text book are watchmen, legalistic and Service style. In the watchmen style the primary concern is to achieve the goal of “order maintenance”. The watchmen’s main objective is to control illegal and disruptive behaviors. Some of the ways that the watchmen achieve their goals is to use informal police intervention, which often includes persuasion and threats and sometimes to even get physically violent with criminals. This style of policing is not popular with some because they say it only exists in poor…

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