Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss the various reasons why we have the police
  2. Explain why law enforcement is important and controversial even though relatively little time is spent doing it
  3. Identify why crime control is controversial
  4. Explain why the police may have an impossible mandate
  5. Describe the difficulties associated with officers deterring criminal behavior
  6. Evaluate why the authority to use force is critical to the police role
  7. Discuss law enforcement, order maintenance, and service as the three primary responsibilities of the police and explain why different police departments tend to emphasize different aspects of the police role