Unit 4 DB Final

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Question Description

You are in a special warrants unit in a major metropolitan area that specifically goes after street crime suspects with violent tendencies and histories of resisting arrest by the police. You are new to the unit but have come from a very professionally run narcotics operation in which your previous team dealt with extremely violent offenders. The unit is made up of plainclothes patrol officers who carry silver badges and seasoned violent crimes detectives who carry gold badges. The badges are mounted in the outside of the police ID wallet and flip open when swung with the hand.

After about 3 weeks with the unit, you notice that everyone arrested by the unit has a welt on their forehead. You are tasked with taking a prisoner to the jail cell, and you get a close look at the welt, which reflects an obverse seal from the silver badge of the attached patrol personnel. When depositing the prisoner into the holding cell, you see another suspect who had been arrested earlier. He bears the welt reflecting the obverse seal of the gold badges of the detectives. You ask the prisoner you are placing in the cell how he got the welt, and he tells you that after he was handcuffed, one of the officers smacked him in the head with his badge and simply said, “Silver.” Upon returning to the office, you ask the supervisor about the welts on the prisoners. He laughs and says it is a competition between the silver badges and gold. Whichever group marks the most prisoners with their badge seal does not have to pay for any drinks at the off-duty party at the end of the month.

Note: This scenario is based on an actual antic of a narcotics unit operating in the late 1970s.

Please include answers in your main posting for the following questions. You must provide meaningful feedback to the main postings of at least 2 of your classmates.

Assignment Guidelines

  • In 4–6 paragraphs, address the following:
    • Is this behavior in any way acceptable in a law enforcement agency? Why or why not? Explain.
    • Why might these officers be engaging in this type of activity? Explain in detail.
    • Regarding this activities use as a coping strategy, what do you think are at least 2 potential negative outcomes of this behavior? Explain.
    • Disclose your feelings about this activity from a moral and legal standpoint.
    • How do you think these officers could be approached through proper negotiation to successfully moderate their interpersonal discord? Explain in detail.
  • Post a new topic to the Discussion Board that contains your responses to the above questions.
  • Comment on at least 2 other students' posts.

In your own words, please post a response to the Discussion Board and comment on at least two other postings. You will be graded on the quality of your postings.

For assistance with your assignment, please use your text, Web resources, and all course materials.

Tutor Answer

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School: UC Berkeley

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Law Enforcement Ethics - Outline
Thesis statement: The police force ought to subscribe to a modicum of behavior in order to
retain moral authority in society.
I. Introduction
Describing the appropriateness of the marking behavior
II. Analysis
A. A rationale for the marking by the officers
B. If the behavior is used as a cooping strategy, 2 possible negative outcomes
C. Personal sentiments on the branding from a moral and legal standpoint
III. Conclusion
Recommendation on how to approach the officers in a negotiation in order to successfully
moderate interpersonal discord


Running head: LAW ENFORCEMENT ETHICS

Law Enforcement Ethics
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LAW ENFORCEMENT ETHICS

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Law Enforcement Ethics-Outline
Using the unnecessarily excessive force on suspects during an arrest is wrong. When law
enforcement agencies do that, they lose the moral authority to work against the crime of brute
force. In addition to that, police brutality violates the public’s freedom from physical harm.One
of the main reasons that law enforcement agencies exist is to...

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