Gathering Research Data Paper

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Gathering Research Data PaperNameClassDateProfessorGathering Research Data Paper Police officers are afforded a certain level of discretion in their jobs. Discretion is used when a situation that is not covered by law or an officer has not be trained for arises while they are in the field. Discretion is an adaptation to a situation through the use of critical thinking and good judgment. While the police are afforded the use of discretion that does not mean they do not have to act within the confines of the law. The types of areas in which police apply discretion the most is in the use of force, arrests, and juvenile contact. The research will focus on the application of discretion when applied to the use of the force. Police must be more than competent at applying the rules; they must adapt those rules to local circumstances in a rule-bound way (Stevens, 2004). The use of force when dealing with criminal suspects is one of the most controversial issues of the use of police discretion. Disturbances resulting from the police use of excessive or deadly force can hamper the justice process. While the criminal suspect can refuse to comply with the orders of the police or create a dangerous situation where a police officer's safety could be put at risk, the police still must apply good policing practices. They cannot let their feelings of anger or frustration to surface and can show no bias when dealing with suspects. The purpose of the rese

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