Ethics and Criminal Justice

A minimum of 1,200 words (total assignment) and three scholarly sources. Scholarly sources does not count towards word count.

1. Go to the website of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and find the code of ethics. Does it seem to be more consistent with the crime fighter or public services role of police?

2. The textbook discusses Herbert Packers’ crime control model of 1968, specifically as it pertains to the notion of “crime fighter” or “public servant.” Of the crime control model principals presented in “crime fighter” or “public servant models,” identify which model and principal do you believe to be the most important in law enforcement and why?

3. The “Ferguson Effect” is the idea that crime is rising in urban minority neighborhoods because police officers are not policing like they had been before the “Black Lives Matter” protests. What do major criminologists say about the controversy? What are the crime rates for the last several years in New York, Baltimore, San Francisco, Houston, and Seattle? Do the facts support the Ferguson effect?

4. You are a rookie police officer who responds to a call for officer assistance. Arriving at the scene, you see a ring of officers surrounding a suspect who is down on his knees.

You don’t know what happened before you arrived, but you see a sergeant use a Taser on the suspect, and you see two or three officers step in and take turns hitting the suspect with their nightsticks about the head and shoulders. This goes on for several minutes as you stand in the back of the circle. No one says anything that would indicate that this is not appropriate behavior.
What would you do? What would you do later when asked to testify that you observed the suspect make “threatening” gestures to the officers involved? (This is the Rodney King incident)

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