Discussion Questions

  1. The author identifies traits that make a good officer. Which do you think are the most important when considering the hiring of a new officer?
  2. Discuss the pros and cons of police discretion. Do police have too little or too much discretion?
  3. How can technology be used or how has it been used to help enhance law enforcement efforts? Are there any privacy and use concerns regarding this technology?
  4. Police officers are allowed to use the amount of force which is considered necessary and reasonable. What does reasonable mean?
  5. The author mentions the concept of police subculture. What is this and why does it exist? Is it different for female officers?