CJA 394 Week 2 Police Discretion

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How important is it for the police to have discretion in performing their duties? Is allowing for discretion a good management practice? Why or why not?

Police discretion is the judgment officer use in the field, whether it be letting someone go after a stern lecture, or taking someone to jail fora minor offense because they may be danger to themselves or others.

Police officers do not have unfettered discretion when dealing with crimes. An officer cannot ignore a homicide for instance. Professor Dr. Tom O. Connor notes in his article on police discretion, "Discretion is bounded by norms (professional norms, community norms, legal norms, moral norms)."There are laws for example that do not enjoy popular support such as law against gambling, in a community is common police officers...

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