Week 5 discussion 1
Costs Associated with Hiring a Police Officer
Police personnel cost can be as much as 75% of the operating budget of a police
department. Do you think that this is money well spent?
Should we ask our law enforcement agencies to do more with less? Should
the technological advances in law enforcement replace physical police
officers? What impact would this have on the community? Support your
assertions with information from a scholarly source.
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When I was serving in the United States Marines one of the things our
leadership boasted about was the fact that Marines, unlike other branches,
could do more than any branch with the smallest budget. That’s when I
realized why most of my combat gear where hand-me-downs taped together with
duct tape. This never stopped us from doing our job.
If you expect to do the same from the law enforcement community I’m sure
there will be those officers who will do it because they love the job. There
is a reason why fast food jobs do not attract individuals with degrees.
During the recession many police agencies in the state of California faced
budget issues. What some of these agencies did in order to protect jobs was to
stop overtime pay and replace it with time off. Most of the hiring was
for attrition. I believe this hurt some of this department by forcing
many veteran officers to lateral to other departments that were offering
bonuses, and higher pay. The quality of applicants also diminished
because other agencies were offering more money for less work was attracting
those individuals with higher education.
In some cases technological advances should replace officers. I rather
send a robot to inspect a suspicious package that can be rigged with explosives
rather than sending a person in to do the work and risk injury or death.
Cameras in neighborhoods can also replace officers conducting foot beats in
some neighborhoods Technology has provided police departments with powerful
tools to collect extensive data on private citizens. Those tools have captured
images of every license plate passing through an intersection; used
facial-recognition technology to determine whether Super Bowl attendees had
criminal records; and implemented multi-technology systems that aggregate and
analyze information from approximately 3,000 surveillance cameras around the
city (Seybold, 2015). As far as technology replacing live officers is highly
unlikely. One thing that a human officer has is discretion and the ability
to distinguish between the letter and spirit of the law. When the public calls
for police services they expect a person who will interact with them.
Seybold, S. D. (2015). Somebody's Watching Me: Civilian Oversight of
Data-Collection Technologies. Texas Law Review, 93(4),