Assignment 2: Library Research—Training Police Recruits

Chief Draper has noticed that the behavior of many of his officers reflects a lack of understanding of many basic criminal justice concepts. Last week, he received a complaint about a patrol officer with ten years of experience on the force. The complaint alleged that the officer pulled over a car for a traffic violation and allowed the driver to leave with a verbal warning after the driver gave him free football game tickets. Another complaint involved the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) supervisor. In this complaint, it is alleged that the SWAT team broke down the door of a suspected drug dealer only to find that it had the wrong house. The team later found the suspected dealer at another location and arrested and interrogated him before reading the Miranda warnings. These are only a few of the complaints being reviewed, and Chief Draper believes that police recruits need more training on the following topics:

  • Discretion
  • Ethics
  • Probable cause
  • Plain view doctrine
  • Arrest
  • Good faith exception
  • Miranda
  • Reasonable suspicion
  • Use of force
  • Racial profiling

Tasks:

Prepare a research 3-4 page paper with your recommendations of the important points that should be addressed in the training of police recruits.

 

  • Devote at least one paragraph to each of the ten topics listed.
  • Use court cases to support your explanations.
  • Use the Notes section to provide for deeper exploration of each topic.
  • formatted in the APA style, that link back to your in-text citations and support your recommendations. See your Argosy Handbook or APA materials to properly cite your text.
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