The American police force has the capacity to do most anything, but there is currently much controversy about what exactly they should be doing. Given the police’s almost boundless authority, defining their job is imperative to maintaining our constitutional rights while keeping everyone as safe as possible.
To be re-envisioned
Rather than act as disciplinary and punitive forces, the police could act as rehabilitators.
Police could be reimagined as enforcers of “transit prisons.”
Rather than lock people away from society, police could let them live in a society with appropriate limits in a broadening of the institution of probation.
Our society is a more hostile place than were the sleepy villages of centuries past. Therefore, our modern society needs police to make our towns safe.
Police serve and protect
This twofold phrase accurately conveys that police must balance protecting citizens and apprehending criminals. In doing so, they help everyone in their community live in peace while letting the justice system handle law-breakers.
The police serve no purpose other than perpetuating a system of brutality and oppression.
The police enforce a racist agenda
In the early 1700s, emergent systems of localised American patrols and service groups were tasked with the prevention of slave revolts. An active agenda to protect the interests of white supremacy was and is prevalent, considering the lack of reform in current national police departments.