Week 8 Discussion - Victoria Ogbuehi

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Consider the outcomes of increased police professionalism discussed in the post. Suggest additional recommendations and/or strategies that were not brought up in the post. A few sentences and a question. Also, reference the student by name or in a way that you are replying to them directly.

For an understanding of what police professionalism is all about, we need first to understand the meaning of the word “professionalism” and then apply it to the police experience. The Merriam Webster online dictionary (No Date) defined professionalism as the conduct, aims, or qualities that characterize or mark a profession or a professional person. Every profession has a code of conduct, and all practicing professionals are expected to comply with its code of conduct to be called a profession, and the police force or officers of the police force are no exceptions. One of the fundamentals of professionalism is that the professional understands the requirement of his job and also gain respect from the people he serves based on his display of professionalism.

According to the Criminal Justice Law International (No Date), some schools of thought have promoted such concepts as community policing and the Broken Window Theory. These have influenced police professionalism in areas where they have been applied. According to Porcupile (No Date), as cited by Criminal Justice Law International (No Date), professionalism entails specialized knowledge, integrity, honesty, competency, self-regulation, and image.

Professionalism in policing is of extraordinary importance because of the authority vested in law enforcement officers. It reflects an implicit guarantee that the experience, education, and training of officers uniquely qualify them to meet the challenges present in a changing and dynamic society (What-when-how, No Date). Police Professionalism in the 21st century has led to increasing unraveling of the mysteries behind the technicality of crime. For example, with the expertise of some police officers in forensic investigations which apply to crime scene analysis, fire and arson investigations, cold case, and DNA investigation are some examples of police duties that required specialized skills (Office of Justice Programs, No Date). There are also people skilled with the identification of explosive devices within the police force just as there are cybersecurity experts among them. These names are self-explanatory regarding understanding the task of each of the mentioned professional within the police force.

For example, all criminals need leave behind at crime scenes to give detectives a clue to details of the culprits goes behind the known fingerprints to saliva, semen in the cases of rape to murder weapons that are usually examined by forensic experts for leads. In the murder case of Bouzigard in New York, all the detective did was pick up an evident DNA from tissue cut under her fingernails and to find the killer; they needed just a match (Greenwood, No Date).


Criminal Justice Law International. (No Date). Police Professionalism. Retrieved from http://criminaljusticelaw.org/enforcement/professi...

Greenwood, V. (No Date). How Science is putting a new face on crime solving. Retrieved from https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2016/0...

Merriam Webster. (No Date). Professionalism. Retrieved from https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/profess...

Office of Justice Program. (No Date). Types of Forensic Investigations. Retrieved from https://www.nij.gov/topics/forensics/investigation...

What-when-how. (No date). Professionalism (Police). Retrieved from http://what-when-how.com/police-science/profession...

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Outcomes of Increased Police Professionalism
Victoria Ogbuehi




Outcomes of Increased Police Professionalism
According to the Merriam Webster online dictionary (n.d), the definition of
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