Policing Justice Series
Quiz 6 :
Police Discretion and Behavior
Answers will vary depending on the subculture that the student chooses to compare with police subculture.
Answers will vary.Students may mention general department history,scandals involving the department,notorious personalities in the department,the win-lose records of the prosecutors with whom they work,the regard with which the district attorney is held by the public,etc.
Answers will vary.Students should explore some of the following: Force and the threat of the use of force are tools that can be used for coercion,as well as to other ends.There are different levels of coercion: a policeman walking a patrol armed with a billy club is a mild level.The decision-making process is changed if the policeman is carrying a gun.It is increased again if the policeman draws the weapon; again if the safety is released; again if it is aimed at someone; and again,if a warning shot is fired or a verbal threat is added.