Police Role Descriptions

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This is particularly important in smaller communities, which often do not have extensive resources for investigation and incarceration.

In the small town of Anacortes, WA, for example, the police department devotes much of its resources to preventing crime and ensuring police safety. In 2006, they invested in equipping cars with laptop computers that are hooked up to databases, so officers could pull up information more quickly. Police officers are also dispatched on crime prevention activities. A recent campaign, for example, targetted the practice of vehicle prowl where thieves steal valuables that are often stashed in cars. These campaigns are stepped up in the summertime, a time when police determined that more such thefts occur (Jackson 2007).

Anacortes police are also actively trying to address the rise of another form of theft in their community - identity theft. After studying the problem, Anacortes officials noted that the investigation of identity theft takes a large amount of resources to investigate. However, the crime itself is not always complex and could easily be prevented.

Thus, the police department is conducting scam awareness and identity theft information sessions. Many of these programs are addressed towards senior citizens, often the targets of identity thieves (Jackson 2007). By devoting resources towards the prevention of crime, Anacortes authorities therefore help to ensure that the community remains relatively free from crimes in the first place.

Crime fighter

Unfortunately, despite these best efforts, no community is totally free from crime. Large urban areas in particular have shown an increase in violent and drug-related crimes. When these crimes happen, police officers are tasked with ensuring that the perpetrators are apprehended, so that they are prevented from engaging in more criminal activity, and so that justice could be meted out.

This role is seen in the amount of resources that the Los Angeles Police Department devotes towards responding to gang-related criminal activities. Last month, the Harbor Gateway area of Los Angeles reeled from the killing of 14-year old Cheryl Green, an African American resident who who wandered into the Latino territory of the area. Two members of the 204th Street Gang were quickly arrested and charged with Green's murder (McGreevey and Winton 2007).

The task of fighting crime, however, does not…[continue]

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