Policing in the Future

Essay by lexiandme13University, Bachelor'sA, March 2008

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Policing in the Future Police are granted, with the authority to use force to perform their duties. A police officers utter presence, intimidating demeanor and verbal commands can be considered by many citizens as a use of force. Police use force to makes arrests, overcome resistance and to protect themselves and others from harm. There are various levels of force police can use to accomplish this task. The level of force used by the police depends on the situation they encounter. Police use of force can be divided into three categories which are controlling force, inuring force and deadly force. The public understands there will be situations when police must use force to subdue a resistive or confrontational individual. However, the public is sometimes shocked by the amount of force that is required to take a combative individual into custody. Policing in the Twenty-First Century is challenging with the advance of technology.

Capturing use of force incidents between suspects and police can now be easily recorded by electronic items such as cell phones, and cameras. This presents an immense challenge for law enforcement personnel and requires police to be more aware of their actions. Police officers must also receive better equipment and training to avoid problems with using force. Training law enforcement personnel on how to deal with resistive and combative individuals will minimize negative backlashes relating to use of force. Many tribulations between the police and the public stem from use of force incidents. These problems can later manifest into public distrust and hate of the police. Another area where use of force presents a problem is the monetary loss from lawsuits. Two of the largest riots in Los Angeles can be attributed to police use of force. In order to curtail problems with use of force incidents, police...