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This is a three part assignment


This is a three part assignment.

Part 1: (1.5 pages)

Provide a detailed synthesis (4-5 paragraphs) of the information provided within the instructional materials and reading assignments associated with this unit. Essentially, I am interested in reviewing the notes you took during the lecture and the reading assignment. The submission should provide a comprehensive overview and personal synthesis of the information contained within each instructional element and a specific articulation of your understanding of the theories, concepts, and applications presented during the week. Feel free to elaborate, but the goal is for you to communicate to me and the rest of the class, your level of subject familiarity and understanding about the issues and concepts presented within the instructional materials.

Part 2: (2 or 3 sentences response to below discussion post)

  1. Society has changed and so has everything else. Police Administration and Chief Executives are constantly struggling trying to accomplish 2 goals. The goals include; meeting the community needs and creating an environment in which police employees uphold the law, and fairly enforce the law. I feel a lot of people don't understand or even want to understand the importance of law enforcement. As the one article states, to some people police represent law and order, and others they represent an occupying force.

    The way we see law enforcement now is not the way it has always been. Even before the formalization of the police to maintain order and adherence to rules and regulations, people relied on community censensus. In some cities, there was night watchman that patrolled the streets. Eventually,  the police departments became more and more organized along the military model with ranks, insignias and organizational strategies. During the professional era instead of walking beats, police finally had cars. As you can see the police have came along way.

    Police agencies are created for some reason, they are meant to accomplish some purpose and in some cases, many purposes. Police are also limited in what they can do to control or prevent crime. There are 3 goals 1)to protect life, 2)to protect property and 3)to maintain order. In order for police officers to do their job efficiently, I feel like the citizens need to obey the laws and law enforcement. How can police officers protect life, protect property and maintain order if they have a citizen acting like a fool and resisting arrest for no reason? 

    The video of Baltimore Police and being a cop for the day is a great video! It shows just what cops go through on a day to day basis. It also makes us realize that there may be times that a police office gets a call that he/she doesn't want to do BUT they can't give up. They can't decide that they are going to skip that call. They have a job to do and it's because of them that in some situations we are safe and protected. 

    I found it very interesting to watch the video about the Lynn Police. I feel like maybe, the police officers were getting a little too nerved by the guy. All the guy wanted to do was file a complaint but they wouldn't let him. The one officer stated that they already had all the information but they didn't. Now I do understand the police officers side being that the guy trespassed onto property that the wasn't suppose to. The video brings up the discussion of police corruption. If the officer in fact did hit the guy with his car then why didn't the police officer report it? Little things like that make one think. 

    Lawrence Sheman "For as long as there have been police, there has been police corruption." Corruption can be defined broadly, to include major forms of police wrong doing to the pettiest forms of improper behavior. There are several factors that contribute to corruption; temptations that involve money and sex. Most police find themselves close to large amounts of money with little supervision. Also, with the whole temptations involving sex, a person could offer sexual favors to law enforcement to get out of trouble or a ticket. Corruption I can't clearly wrap my head around because I feel like why would someone of law enforcement risk doing something that they know they aren't suppose to do? They have to know the consequences, and they have to know that all that hard work they put into learning and training to become law enforcement is wasted by one bad decision. 



    Module 1-Policing in America

    Module 2-Creating and Managing the Police Organization

    Module 5- The Police Culture and Change

    Video-Baltimore Police-Cop for a day

    Video-Lynn (MA) Police block complaints with threats of arrest.

Part 3: (2 or 3 sentences response to below discussion post)

Today’s policing differs immensely from policing many years ago.  Currently, policing takes a diverse group of people and correctly enforces laws to meet their community’s needs.  Policing has not’t always been a structured institution of enforcing the law.  In the early era of policing American’s had an extreme opposition to adopt what we know today as a modern police force.  The early era of modern policing can be contributed to three influential men: Sir Robert Peel, Charles Rowan, and Robert Mayne (UMUC, n.d.).  Sir Robert Peel is mostly know for the Peelian principles or the nine principles of policing.

            The political era brought up a great debate about how the police forces should be controlled.  The state legislation took control of the police force and aloud politicians to have police “in their back pocket” and in turn leading to corruption (UMUC, n.d.).  Police were extremely generous and provided to their communities in times of need despite the corruption and disorganization during this era. 

            The professional era took into account that police lacked proper education and training.  Men began joining the police force and police officers began acquiring training.  Men that left the military joined the police force and instilled discipline.  They also contributed to the law enforcement ranking system that we know today.  The addition of police academics brought about continuous training.  The two types of continuous training are in-service training which is given to veteran officers to update their skills and recruit training that is given to new hires (UMUC, n.d.).

            The community policing era brought many of the same issues we face today.  Police were in the middle of being targeted by rioter and were accused of racial profiling.  These issues made the police force realize that they need to improve community relations.  There was also a major push for education and many police officers were attending college with the help of federal funding.  

            We have come full circle to a community style of policing, but with an additional obstacle.  The addition of domestic terrorism and cyber crime has a completely different spin on policing of the past.  We live in an era of terrorism that challenge our law enforcement officers with remaining extra vigilant and protecting our communities against domestic terrorism.  Cyber crime is the wave of the future and only provides additional challenges for out law enforcement personnel.

            Throughout the history of policing and each era there has been a development police culture.  Police culture is the standards, morals, and values that each officer shares during their career.  These ethical values are what each officer uses during his or her use of discretion.  Culture, vision, and mission is what guides our officers through their day to day tasks and sets the standard in which each officer tries to emulate.


UMUC. (n.d.). Module 1: Policing in America. Retrieved from University of Maryland University College:

UMUC. (n.d.). Module 2: Creating and Monaging the Police Organization. Retrieved from University of Maryland University College:

UMUC. (n.d.). Module 5: The Police Culture and Change . Retrieved from University of Maryland University College:

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