Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter you will be able to:
8.1 Discuss the meaning of police discretion, why it is necessary, and why it needs to be controlled
8.2 Identify the factors that have been shown by research studies to strongly and consistently influence the decisions of officers
8.3 Identify how implicit bias may affect police discretion
8.4 Discuss the ways in which discretion may be controlled
8.5 Discuss the limitations of organizational rules and policies in controlling the discretion of officers
8.6 Describe the limitations of trying to control police discretion by enhancing the professional judgment of officers