Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Describe the organization and structure of a typical police department and summarize the responsibilities of patrol.
  • Explain the differences between discrimination and discretion in police work.
  • Identify unique characteristics of the subculture of policing.
  • Differentiate community policing from traditional approaches.
  • Summarize the relationship between the use of force continuum and suspects' behavior.
  • Prepare arguments for and against the use of new technologies in police work.