From this week’s assigned readings, you have learned about
how a police department under consent decree
differs from that of a police department addressing standard training needs.
Compare and contrast these two training styles. What are the objectives and
training design for each of these two types of training styles? What are the
foci and restrictions of a police department under consent
decree? Who, when, and under what circumstances is it appropriate
to issue consent decree? Do you believe consent decree is effective at
addressing training deficiencies in an organization? Why or why not?
Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your claims
with examples from required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and
properly cite any references. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts
by Day 7.
Police Department change it’s ways? The Los Angeles Police Department is
completing one of the most ambitious experiments regarding corruption after the
beating of Rodney King March 3, 1991. On
this day Rodney King was pulled over for speeding no weapons. Responding to the call where four white Los Angeles Police Department officers.
They teasered him and then beat him with batons. Other officers witnessed the
incident but did nothing to stop them, All
of thus was caught on video.
enough evidence to sue the Police Department because or misconduct. the city government entered a "consent decree" promising
to adopt scores of reform measures under the supervision of the Federal Court”
(Stone Foglesong, & Cole, 2009).
consent decree is defined as an agreement between two or more parties that are
submitted to a court by writing. Consent of decree becomes legally binding
after it has been approved by a judge. The purpose of consent of decree is to
enhance integrity within the police department as well as prevent behavior that
denies individuals their rights, benefits or immunities that are protected by
the constitution of the United States. The consent of decree lasts for a
minimum of five years and within this time the police department must comply
with the provisions of the decree to the latter (O’Keefe, 2004).
consent of decree puts emphasis on the following areas: community outreach and
public information, integrity audits, training, management and gang units,
management of personal informants, program improvement for response to persons
with mental illness as well as serious incident processes, documentation,
investigation and review. On the other hand Police Training Officer Program is
one of the standard training needs in the police department. This type of
training consists of contemporary adult education and a type of problem based
learning method of teaching that is adapted for the police.
The main purpose of the Police Training
Program is to ensure that the experience of the police graduates reflects
policing in the 21st century. Some of the motivations of entering
consent of decree is that it ensures compliance on the employer’s side and the
process of enforcing settlement is fastened. Efficiency is another foci for
decree of consent since they are more efficient compared to private settlements
since has the jurisdiction.
Some of the limitations of entering into a
decree of consent are that it involves compromises and it a risk of
ambiguities. The need to reach a compromise may coincide with the need to
minimize costs of the court and hence creating a risk. A consent of decree can
be issued in circumstances where there is intention to create legal relations
such that any issues that arise can be enforced by the court. The consent of
decree is effective at addressing training deficiencies in an organization
since it ensures that all the relevant skills required for a particular post
are looked into without any compromise.
Much more diverse are the ranks of
the Los Angeles Police Department, then they were at the time Rodney King was
beaten. some compelled by the courts changes
were made, in the way the police department patrols the neighborhood, and how complaints are
O’Keefe, J. (2004). Protecting the republic: The education and
training of American police officers. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.
Stone, C., Foglesong, T.,
& Cole, C. M. (2009, May). [PDF] Policing Los Angeles Under a
Consent Decree: The ... Retrieved from
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