Ethical Issues Corey.
(1) As a police officer, describe how important is it to support community problem-solving and broken windows policing by applying problem-solving techniques?
Police officers wear a multitude of hats in their occupation. They are expected to settle differences lawfully as an outside, unbiased source while fostering and enforcing law and order. Problem solving is paramount in many situations concerning law enforcement. It is critical when incorporating broken windows policing to maintain law and order and prevent certain areas to falling into social decay. Broken window theory is closely related to community policing in that, police will make routine, preventative law enforcement actions a priority in certain areas or certain aspects within a community. The belief within this theory is that if certain facets of crime are left unchecked, the community or area of concern will further decline causing more crime to continue. An example would be vandalism, if left unchecked, could spark further or more serious crimes. Vandalism by its nature is a lower crime however views of continual negative atmosphere breeds a look of negligence related to furthering worse crimes. According to Jenkins, M. J. (2016) police should measure their successes on the effectiveness of their problems solved and less on response times. Jenkins, M. J. (2016) also argues that police problem solving enhances community involvement and broken windows theory assists in maintaining public trust and protection through continued policing of suspect areas within communities. It boils down to successful communities survive by the constant and routine patrolling shown to safeguard the inhabitants of that community. Police utilize problem solving skill not only to instill trust but also bolster relations within that community. Sometimes knowing police can handle simple problems with local problem solving skills on the lowest levels shows simple fixes do not require arrest, lawyers, or judges
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