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Leslie G. Wiser, Jr.
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Police and Society-Jan 13, 2015  What we want from out police o Safety, honesty, order, due process, integrity o 18 thousand police departments in the US. Over half have 25 officers or less. o Legitimacy-we have to have faith in our institutions and without it there is crisis.  For what social purpose do the police exist? o The social purpose of the police is complex, involving questions about the:  Roll of the police-  The fair treatment of citizens  Police organizations  Recruitment, training, and supervision of police officers  What is a law enforcement agency? o Focused on general service law enforcement agencies that are regularly engaged in  Preventing crime  Investigating crimes and apprehending criminals  Maintaining order  Providing other miscellaneous services  Who is a police officer? Who is a peace officer? o Peace officer is established by statute. It offers protection to citizens. They have the power to act as law enforcement and have protection if they did something in someone’s defense. o All police offers are peace officers  But not all peace officers are police officers o Peace officers are defined by statute o Generally, peace officer status provides certain legal protections that ordinary citizens do not have.  Good faith protection for peace officers  Citizens arrest by a private person  No good faith protection from false arrests/false imprisonment tort  You can make an arrest as a private citizen but you have to be right.  Myths about Policing o That police are primarily crime fighters  Portrayals by the news media  Portrayals by the entertainment media  The perpetuate the crime fighter image themselves o The image ignored the order maintenance and peacekeeping activities that consume most police time and effort.  The History of the American Police-Chapter 2 o English Heritage  English common law  High value on individual rights  Court systems  Different law enforcement agencies o Three enduring features of the English Heritage  Limited police authority  Local control of law enforcement agencies  Highly decentralized and fragmented system of law enforcement o 13 Century  Formal law enforcement emerged in the 13 Century in England  Responsibility shared by  Constable-an officer appointed to keep order and to collect evidence from the court  Sheriff-from the “shire (country) reeve (one who keeps order)”  Justice of the Peace o Sir Robert Peel  “Father” of modern policing  Early 1900s; old system of law enforcement collapsed due to urbanization and industrialization  1829: London Metropolitan Police  Mission: crime prevention through preventive patrol o London Metropolitan Police  Organizational structure  Borrowed from the British army  Rank and titles also borrowed from British army  Quasi-military culture  Still exists in America today o Colonial America  Three institutions:  Sheriff  Constable  Watch  Sheriff  Appointed by the colonial governors  Most important law enforcement official in America  Many duties: o Law enforcement o Collected taxes o Supervised elections o Maintained bridges and roads  Constable  Elected first, then appointed  Responsible for enforcing the law  The Watch  Patrolled the city to guard against fires, crime and disorder (many fires because of wood housing)  At first, only a night watch  Later, a day watch was added  All adult males were expected to serve as watch men (carried a wood rattle)  Slave Patrol  Only in the South where slavery existed  Intended to guard against slave revolts and capture runaway slaves  Charleston, SC had 100 officers in 1837, larger than the police force in any northern city  The Quality of Colonial Law Enforcement  Inefficient, corrupt, affected by political interference  Sheriff and watchmen were paid fees for particular services o Greater incentive to work on civil responsibilities  Ordinary citizens played a major role in maintaining social control through informal means  Communities were homogenous and shared basic values  Tradition or vigilantism (took law enforcement into their own hand)  First Modern American Police  The old system of law enforcement broke down under the impact of urbanization, industrialization, and immigration  1830’s: wave of riots in American cities o Ethnic conflict o Angry depositors and failed banks o Moral issues, including attacks on brothels o Attacks on abolitionists  First Modern American Police o Resistance due to dear police would be controlled by political opponents o Taxpayer resistance o Once established, political control differed from the English model  UK: no direct control over their police  US: direct control  Immediately immersed in local policies  The “Political Era” 1830s-1900 o No personnel standards o Selected entirely on the basis of their political connections o No formal pre-service training o No job security  Could be fired at will o A major form of patronage  Patrol work in the Political Era o Officers patrolled on foot  Spread very thin, there were not very many o Supervision was weak/non existent  Communication through call boxes  No telephone  No radio  No patrol car  Very easy to not actually work when no one knows where you are and no way to communicate  Never a “golden” age o Few police officers o High turnover rate o Population even more mobile than today o Officers often drank on the duty and used excessive force o Citizens were disrespectful and had low respect for them, they were unprofessional and corrupt, brutal and inefficient.  Contrast with London Police o Commissioners of the London Metropolitan Police were free from political interference o Maintained high professional standards o Earned public respect  Corruption and Politics o Government was corrupt and the police were one part of the problem  Police took payoffs for not enforcing laws against gambling, prostitution and drinking o Tammany Hall  Empowerment of Irish-American in NYC  Cultural Conflict o Anglo-Saxon Protestant Nativists opposed the lifestyle favored by immigrant communities o Alcohol played an important role in the cultural/ethnic divide o Sunday closing laws  Discriminated against Jewish shop owners (their day of rest is Saturday) the people in power got their way.  Failure of Police Reform o Theodore Roosevelt o Police Commissioner of NYC (1895-1897) o Fought against the corrupt Tammany Hall political machine o Like other reformers, he focused on removing “bad” personnel  No theory of police administration o Reform efforts were largely unsuccessful  The Professional Era 1900-1960 o August Volmer o Father of American policing  Chief of police, Berkley, CA o Advocated higher education for officers  Organized college level police science classes  Father of American criminal justice education o Wrote the 1931 Wickersham Commission Report  The Reform Agenda o Professionalization Movement  Defined policing as a profession  Sought to eliminate the influences of politics and policing  Argued for hiring qualified chief executives to head police departments  Tried to raise personnel standards for rank and file officers  Applied order managements principles to police departments  Created the first specialized units  Traffic  Juvenile o The first female sworn officer was hired as a juvenile specialist  Vice  Increased the military ethos of police departments  Became far more authoritarian o Close order drills o Military style commendations  The rank and file officer because the forgotten person  Reformers placed their hopes on strong administrators  Officers, therefore, retreated into an isolated and alienated subculture  Officers opposed reforms  Police unions began to emerge o Boston police strike 1919  Departments became increasingly complex bureaucracies  Police and Racial Minorities o Conflict between police and African Americans increased during World War 1 o Race riots in 1919 o Chicago Riot Commission made recommendations to improve police community relations  Nothing done to hire more black officers or end discrimination  New Law Enforcement Agencies o State-level agencies o Texas Rangers 1835 o Pennsylvania State Constabulary 1905  First modern state police force  Highly centralized militaristic  Concentrated on controlling strikes  Organized labor prevented the creation of state agencies for a time.  Bureau of Investigation o Established 1908 by Executive Order of President Theodore Roosevelt o Re-named the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1935  Technology Revolutionizes Policing o Three developments:  Patrol car-revolutionized police work  Two way radio  Telephone-important for citizen use. They had easy access to police force. o Transformed the nature of citizen-police contact and police management  Officers could respond quickly to crimes and calls for service.  The Patrol Car o Increased patrol areas covered by an officer o Removed officers from the street o Reduced informal citizen-police contacts  Two Way Radio o Allowed departments to dispatch officers in response to citizen calls for service. o Revolutionized police supervision by allowing continuous contact with patrol officers  Telephone o Citizens could easily call the police  Citizens were encouraged to call and were promised a prompt response o Citizens became socialized into calling the police for all sorts of problems o The telephone brought the police into the home  Even as the patrol car isolated the police from citizens  Foot patrol rarely entered a home  As a result, police because involved in domestic disputes, child abuse, and other intimate family issues.  New Directions in Police Administration o Wickersham Commission Report  Volmer o 1 National Study of the American criminal justice system  Published 14 reports, including;  Report on Lawlessness in Law Enforcement o Inspired a new generation of police administration  O.W. Wilson o Leader of the professionalization movement from 1930- 1960 o Vollmer’s most famous protégé o Wrote two textbooks on police management o Developed a formula for assigning patrol officers  Based on a workload formula that reflected reported crimes and calls for service.  Simmering racial/ethnic relations o Despite professionalization, almost nothing was done to improve relations with minority communities o Los Angeles “Zoot Suit” Riot 1943 (they wore a zoot suit as defiance of authority symbol)  Strife with Latino community in Los Angeles  Recommendations for reform were made but not acted on  J. Edgar Hoover o Set a new model for personnel standards o Emphasized crime fighting at the expense of other aspects of policing o History of the FBI  Appointed director of the Bureau of Investigation  Then won control of the Uniform Crime Reports  New laws increased jurisdiction  Re-named as FBI  FBI National Academy established  Trained police executives  Crime lab  Top Ten list  The Police crisis of the 1960’s o The Police and the Supreme Court o Decisions favored defendants and provoked political controversy  Miranda v Arizona  Mapp v Ohio  The Contemporary Law Enforcement Industry-Chapter 3 o Basic Features  Local political control  As a result, policing is highly fragmented  Fragmentation produces variety  Compare to English  43 total police departments o Size and Scope  18,000 law enforcement agencies (state in local) in the U.S o Sworn and Civilian  Sworn personnel have taken an oath and are authorized to carry a firearm and make arrests  Civilian personnel-perform support functions within a law enforcement agency, but are not authorized to make arrests and are generally not authorized to carry a firearm o Authorized Strength  Distinguish authorized strength from currently employed  Authorized Strength  Number of personnel budgeted by the political entity  Currently employed  Number of personnel actually employed o Usually below the authorized strength because of retirements, resignations and terminations o Hiring may be delayed to make up for budget shortfall o Police Population ratio  Usually expressed as number of sworn officers per 1000 residents  National average is 2.3  Ratio for large cities is 2.2  Ratio for small cities is 1.8  Columbia: 410/133,358  Cost of police protection  46% of all criminal justice expenditures  Policing costs U.S residents ~$260/yr  Labor intensive industry o Personnel costs account for 85-90% of a departments budget o On average, full time officers cost 116,000/yr  Although the salary is much lower  The efficiency of a police department depends heavily on ho well it manages its personnel resources  Fragmentation o Problems:  Lack of coordination  Criminals do not recognize political boundaries  Fragmentation to responsibility can lead to crime displacement  Crime may be driven to a neighboring jurisdiction by strong enforcement  Duplication of services  Each agency many operate their own 911 call centers or crime labs  Inconsistent standards  Agencies may differ in recruitment, pay and training  Solutions  Consolidation  Contracting  Municipal Police o 70% of all law enforcement agencies  49.5% have fewer than 10 officers o 60% of all sworn officers o Chiefs are appointed o Cities represent the most complex policing environment  Most diverse populations  Serious crime is disproportionately concentrated in cities  Difficult order maintenance problems  Provide a wide range of emergency services  County Sheriff o 3,063 sheriffs departments in the U.S o in 37 states, the sheriff is a constitutional officer –they cannot fire him o Elected in all but 2 states o Serve all 3 components of the criminal justice system,  Basic law enforcement  Court security and service of process  Jail operations  Other local agencies o Constable  Some elected, some appointed o Coroner/Medical Examiner  Coroners are typically elected and are not required to have a medical degree (they investigate medical death investigations)  Medical examiners are appointed  Conduce death investigations  State Law Enforcement Agencies o Three categories  State police  Statewide police powers for both traffic regulations and criminal investigations  Highway Patrol  Statewide authority to enforce traffic regulations and arrest non-traffic violators under their jurisdiction  Stat investigative agencies  Conduct criminal investigations  Federal Agencies are set up by federal statute  Private Security o ~ 2 million private security personnel  Private detectives and investigators  Patrol services  Security guards  Loss prevention specialists  Gaming officers and investigators  Armored car services o Differ from law enforcement  Broader focus than crime alone  More alternatives/discretion for addressing problems  More emphasis on problem and crime prevention  Mostly on private property o Size of the industry raises issues  Quality of private security personnel  Little training, low standards, and low pay  Few federal, state, or local laws that govern private policing  SC AG opinion: private persons  Problems related to cooperation between the police and private security  9/11 Commission notes 85% of U.S critical infrastructure is protected by private security  Standards o Federal standards are generally set by supreme court decisions  Miranda, map garner, ect o Federal statutes  1964 Civil Rights Act o Grants  Justice department uses grants to encourage best practices o State standards  Require certification of sworn officers  Mandatory pre-service training  SC CJA requires 13 weeks  Certification may be revoked for cause to prevent fire officers from moving to another department  Accreditation o A process of professional self-regulation similar to the process that exists in medicine, law, education and other occupations o CALEA Established in 1979  Standards of law enforcement (4 ed.)th  Expensive  South Carolina has a state level accreditation process  Quasi-military Style of Policing Organizations o Police organizations resemble the military model in the following respects:  The organization style is authoritarian (with penalties for failing to obey orders)  Police officers carry weapons and have the legal authority to use deadly force, physical force, and to deprive people of liberty through arrest o Police organizations differ from the military model in the following respects:  Police officers serve a citizen population  Police departments provide services designed to help people-services often requested by individual citizens (help lost kids get home, help homeless find a shelter)  Police officers are constrained by laws protecting the rights of citizens  The police routinely exercise individual discretion, whereas military personnel are trained and expected to operate as members of units.  Criticisms of the Quasi-Military Style o The military ethos cultivates an “us versus them” attitude that is used to justify mistreatment of citizens o It encourages the idea of a “war on crime: that is inappropriate for serving a citizen population o The authoritarian command style is contrary to democratic principles of participation o The rigid rank structure fails to provide sufficient job satisfaction for officers  Police Departments as bureaucracies o Characteristics of the modern bureaucracy  Complex organization performing many different tasks for a common goal.  Different tasks are grouped into separate divisions or bureaus  Organizational structure is hierarchical or pyramidal, st with a clear division of labor between workers, 1 line supervisors, and executive management.  Responsibility for specific task is delegated  Clear chain of command, which indicates who is responsible for each task and who is responsible for supervising each employee  Clear unity of command  Written rules and regulations ensure uniformity and consistency  Information flows up and down the chain of command  Clear career paths  Problems with Bureaucracy o Bureaucracies are often rigid and inflexible o Communication within the organization often breaks down o Bureaucracies tend to be inward looking, self-serving, and isolated from the people they serve o Bureaucracies are accused of stifling creativity and not using the talents of their employees.  Positive Contributions of Bureaucracy o Written rules/administrative rule making  Control of police discretion  Reduction of misconduct  Alternative processes o Community-oriented policing  Decentralize  De-specialize  Deformalize  De-layer o Task forces  Inter-jurisdictional groups o COMPSTAT  4 principles  Timely intelligence  Effective tactics  Rapid deployment  Relentless follow-up and assessment  Accountability/responsibility lies with the precinct commander  Provide resources to accomplish the task  Stat-driven  Civil Service o A set of formal and legally binding procedures governing personnel decisions o The purpose of civil service is to ensure that personnel decisions are based on objective criteria and not on favoritism, bias and political influence o Established by federal or state law or local ordinance o Four Formal Hierarchies  Rewards hierarchy  Corresponds with rank and seniority  Seniority hierarchy  Officers with more years of service receive higher pay and preference in selection of shifts and job assignments  Status hierarchy  Specialized assignments many carry more authority and responsibility  Rank hierarchy  Certain jobs/assignments are restricted to those holding certain rank o Problems created by civil service  Limits the powers of a chief in making decisions  Cannot change personnel standards at will  Limits opportunities and incentives for individual officers  Provisions for discipline make it difficult for chiefs to terminate or discipline bad officers  Police Unions o An organization legally authorized to represent police officers in collective bargaining with the employer o Collective bargaining is the method of determining conditions of employment through bilateral negotiations o Principles of collective bargaining  Employees have a legal right to form unions of their own choosing  Employers must recognize employee unions  Employers have a right to participate in negotiations over working conditions  Employers are required to negotiate with the unions designated representative.  Police Unions o Grievance pro endures  Provide due process for employees  Usually requires an officer be notified in writing about a disciplinary action  Usually requires that the officer has the right to a hearing  Usually requires that the officer has the right to an attorney  Usually required that the officer has the right to an appeal o Impact of Police Unions  Strike or job actions  Radically altered the process of police management, reducing the power of chiefs and introducing a process of shared governance  Impact on discipline and accountability by introducing due process, limiting the power of the chief in discipline  Negatively influenced police-community relations by defending officers accused of misconduct and opposing affirmative actions  Unions have substantial political and financila resources and can influence budgets, political candidates, and ballot initiatives


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