Considering the “six spheres of influence” regarding
community and governmental leaders that influence how law enforcement obtains
their goals, identify the two most influential elements. What factors establish
these elements as most influential? Why?
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believe that the two main spheres of influence that actually influence how law
enforcement obtains goals would have to be the general public and the media.
These two have influenced law enforcement a lot over the years. The way that
the public can affect law enforcement in obtaining goals is due to the fact
that the public can hold the key to many things that go on with anything in law
enforcement. The public can help law enforcement with money. If law enforcement
has a good relationship with the public then they may donate money and find
ways to help the departments out. They can also be harmful to law enforcement
with protests, especially if an officer messes up. This has been shown in the
outcomes of the shooting in Missouri and the incident in New York where the
gentleman was choked. As a department you have to walk a fine line when it
comes to the public because they can help and also hurt your department.
Another way that can help is if you have a good relationship with the people in
the community, then they are more willing to help officers when it comes to
solving crimes. When it comes to the media they can be helpful to any
department, but can also be disastrous. The way that they can help is getting
word out to the public if a department needs help to find a suspect. They can
also help a department by doing good press on the department. They can also
hurt a department with bad press as well. Two great examples are the Missouri
shooting and New York incident. This really brought bad press and in Missouri
caused many riots because of all of the bad press the media caused. I see the
media as a problem for any agency. If you have an officer that messes up and it
can even be minor if the media finds out then they will run with it.