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Roles and Functions 1

Police Department Roles and Functions University of Phoenix
Introduction to Police Theory and Practices CJA/214
Eloise Brooks
Don Redden, PhD, Instructor
March 11, 2013

Roles and Functions 2 The Police Department main focus is the safety of the American People and enforcing the laws in which they have sworn too. When crisis and danger arise in our community the first words that come out is call the police. The police are primarily a crime fighter. Therefore they promote most of their time and effort enforcing the law, patrolling to deter crime, investigating crimes committed, and arresting the criminals that committed those crimes. (Walker & Katz, 2011) Policing is the most visible but the least understood profession. Law enforcement is not based on pieces of information and dramatizations as what we see on television, it has much more expectations. The duties of a law enforcement officer are more than protecting lives and properties. The officers’ duties depend solely on the size and type of the establishment. The roles and functions of the law enforcers consist of upholding and enforcing the law without being bias, to protect the civil rights and property of all people, to maintain and keep order among societies, to prevent crime from happening, to promote community safety, to monitor traffic and issue citations, arrest suspected criminals pursue and apprehend law breakers. There also other duties such as writing detailed reports and filling out forms, investigating domestic assaults, and patrolling assigned areas. (Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections, 2013) There are varies types of police agencies at three different levels; local, state, and federal. At the local level, we have City Police, the Sheriff Department, College/University Police, Public School District Police, Transit police,…...

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