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The Rise Of The Swat Team In American Policing

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Safety for the community and its citizens has and will always be the number one concern of Police Departments across the nation. However, due to the numerous mass shootings in the U.S. in recent decades, the role of the police is changing. Police Departments need to have the mobility and training to protect citizens´ changing expectations. Citizens expect police to be available to respond to crimes that happen or if someone is in need of help, but citizens don’t want to see the police’s presence. They want an invisible hand to guard them against the evil in the world. All cities or counties with over 45,000 people in them should have a SWAT team with 15-20 operators with at least one armed medic on the team. This gives police an option when the need arises and they have a tragedy to deal with.
Police are the eyes and ears of the government. According to the US Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services “Law enforcement officers have accepted a position of visible authority within their communities and are held to a tremendously high standard of honesty, integrity, equity, and professionalism” (5). Police are asked to be the middleman in arguments and a negotiator in times of crisis. They need to take a neutral stance on everything that they do. They uphold laws set forth by the government and the pledge they took to become a police officer. “Police officers shall not, whether on or off duty, exhibit any conduct which discredits themselves or their Department or otherwise impairs their ability or that of other officers or the Department to provide law enforcement services to the community” (Florida Department of Law Enforcement principal four). Both of these are examples by which a police officer has to live by. They also need to uphold all the laws and honor their badge as they will be judged and held accountable for their actions whether they are wearing their badge or not (off-duty). Police officers should try getting to know, the people that work and live in the community or sector that they patrol. This will help them in their ability to spot suspects or suspicious people that may not belong in the area.
Police officers investigate, protect, and serve the general public and its citizens. They investigate assaults, frauds, rape, complaints, and make traffic stops. For example, when a husband gets mad and punches his wife; she can call the police and they can arrest the husband for domestic assault. He assaulted his wife in their home. They protect people from the elements (weather), from harm, and other unforeseen events. In the Northern United States, police have to worry about the homeless finding shelter in the harsh winter. Police deal with the changing crimes in their communities. People may not realize, but they also go into schools and talk about what to do in an emergency and how to control drug and alcohol use. However, in recent times, police are having to deal with more violence and...

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