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Police code of'silence

Words: 693 Length: 2 Pages Document Type: Essay Paper #: 87029284

Truth about police code of silence revealed
The terms ‘Blue Code’, ‘Blue Wall’ or ‘Code of Silence’ refer to the law enforcement departmental rule of refraining from reporting on the misdemeanors, mistakes and offenses of fellow police officers in the event they are interrogated, in official investigations, about any act of misconduct that involves a coworker. This Blue Wall is symbolic of the loyalty between law enforcement officials in any given police force. For maintaining this loyalty, even scrupulous officials might be coerced into turning a blind eye to law enforcement brutality cases that may cause further harm to innocent civilians by ensuring they don’t get their due justice. Furthermore, law enforcement culture defends and promotes this code, along with police brutality. All cities and states have police departments in place for maintaining public peace and enforcing city and state laws. Within democratic republics, law enforcement officials are required to…… [Read More]


Grisham, C. J. (2016). What is \\\\"The Blue Wall of Silence\\\\"? Retrieved September 18, 2018, from

Trautman, N. (2000). Police code of silence facts revealed. In Annual Conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, available at http://www. aele. org/loscode2000. html.

Workman-Stark, A. L. (2017). Inclusive policing from the inside out. Springer.

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Evolving Police Service and Community Involvement

Words: 1493 Length: 4 Pages Document Type: Essay Paper #: 51219960

The future of law enforcement
The contemporary world has seen evolution of virtually every sector of the society, from communication to trade, from food production to medical care procedures and from foreign wars to the inland security. This same revolution needs to be fully implemented in the law enforcement which looks forward to being effective in the highly globalised society. There is need therefore to critically evaluate and analyze areas in which pertinent factors like technology, leadership/organizational culture, community policing and police training can be improved and modernized in order to make them palatable to the current society, with the current law adherence challenges.
Problem statement
The USA law enforcement officers face challenges in handling and effectively resolving the contemporary crimes and the ever changing faces of criminal tendencies. The main problem that perpetuates this status quo is the stagnation in the approach to combating crimes, despite the fact…… [Read More]

Chassan A., (2008). Collective Efficacy: The Key to Community Change? Retrieved October 05, 2015 from 
Crank J.P., (2003). Institutional theory of police: a review of the state of the art. Retrieved October 05, 2015 from 
Griffith D., (2015). 25 Ways to Make Police Training More Effective. Retrieved October 05, 2015 from 
Fortenbery, J. (2016). Law enforcement organizations: Possibilities and challenges for the future. FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin. Retrieved October 05, 2015 from 
Lucik S.D., (2014). Community Policing and Community Security: Theory and Practice in Timor-Leste. Retrieved October 05, 2015 from 
Reynolds B., (2014). How to change culture in your police department. Retrieved October 05, 2015 from 
Suro R., (1999). FBI Lagging Behind on Cyber Crime. Retrieved October 05, 2015 from 
US Department of Justice (2017). Community Policing Defined.
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Arizona Revised Statutes involving Arrests

Words: 3099 Length: 10 Pages Document Type: Essay Paper #: 48788836

Arizona Revised Statutes
A.R.S. 13-3881, Arrest:
A. An arrest is made by an actual restraint of the person to be arrested, or by his submission to the custody of the person making the arrest.
Arrests may be done in the following ways: (1) through the arrester putting his/ her hands on or touching the arrestee; (2) through any action suggesting the arrester’s intent to detain the arrestee and subjecting the latter to the former’s actual will and control; or (3) through the arrestee’s consent. All arrests involve restraint, which needs to be under pretended or actual legal authority. But it is not necessary for formal words suggesting arrest or for a booking at a police station for the act to be considered an arrest. An objective test helps ascertain whether or not an arrest has occurred in a given case, resting on whether reasonable individuals under such a circumstance would…… [Read More]


Marroquin, B. (n.d.). Laws Regarding Citizen\\\\'s Arrest in Arizona. . Retrieved from

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Disclosing Officer Untruthfulness to the Defense

Words: 2135 Length: 7 Pages Document Type: Essay Paper #: 97875511

An effective police officer must be truthful. Increasingly, there is frustration informed by lack of integrity and support for the actions of discipline that are taken by the senior officers against those who breach the rules. Integrity and ethics must be at the center of an internal investigation. In case an officer is not truthful regarding their actions, positive reinforcement should be employed. Still, it must be made clear from the onset that untruthfulness is sufficient ground for termination of duty. If a law enforcement officer behaves or acts untruthfully, it damages the effectiveness of their work of policing. This paper seeks to point out the correct action to be taken against an officer who acts untruthfully in the case provided.
Legal cases
After 1963’s decision by the Supreme Court on the Brady case, prosecutors are obliged to make evidence available to the defense, even evidence that would favor…… [Read More]


Abel, J. (2015). Brady\\\\'s blind spot: impeachment evidence in police personnel files and the battle splitting the prosecution team. Stan. L. Rev., 67, 743.

Ekman, P., O\\\\'Sullivan, M., & Frank, M. G. (1999). A few can catch a liar. Psychological science, 10(3), 263-266.

Lie. (n.d.) In Merriam-Webster’s collegiate dictionary. Retrieved from on 13 December 2018

Noble, J. (2003). Police Officer Truthfulness and the Brady Decision. The Police Chief, Vol. 70, no. 10.

Policy Regarding the Disclosure to Prosecutors of Potential Impeachment Information Concerning Law Enforcement Agency Witnesses (“Giglio Policy”), Office of the Attorney General (12/9/1996).

Reimund, M.E., (2013). Are Brady Lists (aka Liar’s Lists) the Scarlet Letter for Law Enforcement Officers? A Need for Expansion and Uniformity. International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, Vol. 3: No. 17; 1-6.

Legal cases

Brady v. Maryland, 373 U.S. 83 (1963).

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What Triggers Unethical Conduct

Words: 242 Length: 1 Pages Document Type: Essay Paper #: 34181944

What Contributes to Unethical Conduct?
In the past, public inquiries have been established with an intention of investigating and unearthing unethical conduct amongst law enforcement officers. In the end, individual officers end up being put on trial and the reputation of the profession as a whole suffers immensely. The readings and the unit discussion have been a very important learning opportunity with regard to what exactly triggers unethical behavior in an organizational setting, and most specifically in police departments.
I was particularly intrigued by the fact that unethical conduct is in most instances triggered by strong emotions that have been left unchecked. This is more so the case given that the very nature of police work could invite feelings of victimization, isolation, as well as exploitation. For instance, when a law enforcement officer views himself as a victim of the system, he or she feels entitled to better treatment and…… [Read More]

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Tulsa Oklahoma Sheriff's Office Failures

Words: 1126 Length: 3 Pages Document Type: Essay Paper #: 82855382

Ethics, Values, and Self-Awareness: What Was Lacking in Tulsa

The deplorable shooting of an unarmed man named Eric Courtney Harris was precipitated by unethical and ineffective leadership practices and policies used in the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office. One of the key issues in this case is that the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office relies on public elections of their sheriffs, inviting potential corruption and preventing law enforcement from being independent from politics. Another issue in this case reflects poorly on almost every other police department in the nation: ineffective training. Finally, the Tulsa case reveals the problems with entrenched organizational cultures that condone violent responses to conflicts rather than inculcating nonviolent conflict resolution strategies. All of the problems in the Tulsa case can be traced to leadership failures, ethical violations, a lack of self-awareness, and a lack of strong values.

Former Tulsa deputy Robert Bates was an insurance salesman who was…… [Read More]


Huberts, L., Kaptein, M. & Lasthuizen, K. (2007). A study of the impact of three leadership styles on integrity violations committed by police officers. Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management 30(4): 587-607.
Jones, C. (2016). External review of Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office cites ‘system-wide failure of leadership. Tulsa World. Retrieved online: 
O’Connor, B. (2015). Tulsa sheriff to resign over shooting by deputy who bought his way into police. Gawker. Retrieved online: 
“Report: Tulsa County to Pay Ex-Deputy $138k to Settle Suit,” (2017). U.S. News and World Report. June 24, 2017. Retrieved online:
Spears, L.C. (2010). Character and servant leadership. The Journal of Virtues and Leadership 1(1): 25-30.