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LAWS 2301
Ronald Saunders

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Criminal Justice SystemNovember 4 2011Class 8PoliceFunctionsSelective enforcement Powers duties realitiesReviewaccountability mechanismsProsecutors PoliceDistorted view of policeVaries Agents of the state protected by state and criticized by stateDont criticize institution of police but on individual aberrations rather than systemicIndividual accountability and problems Media distorts policejob is seen as view of more violence physical View police differently individually based on ethnicity where you live previous encounters etcWell paid viewed as a profession now more so than beforePrestige has gone upFiltering is a problem talking about police in general ways different ideological views and different types of forces with higher standardsUrban vs rural regional vs federal Discretion Police portray selves as enforcers of lawselectively enforceWhy is criminal law selectively enforcedFunctions of policeMaintain law and order and to protectPrevent crime Detectionarrest Charging responsibilities often with the CrownControlling trafficAct as witnessesGive advice assistance supportBrannigan summarizes these asLaw enforcementMaintenance of orderSocial Services 75 of workNot maintaining order but if someone dies at a house police go traffic accident disagreement on street etc
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