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What is the role of the police in America?

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.

To enforce the legal system

The police are the bulk of our executive branch, and do the footwork of the legislature and judiciary.

The police arrest people and stop crime

The police’s role is to police – meaning their sole job is to disrupt criminal activity.

The police deter and prevent crime

More police presence equals safer communities because the police are better able to enforce laws. This enforcement of laws is their main task, as they do the footwork of the judiciary.

The police function as emissaries of the judiciary

Our legal system in America comprises prisons, the police, and courts. The police’s role in this triad is to carry out the footwork of the judiciary as its agents.

To keep communities safe

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.

Police keep the peace

The job of the police entails much more than responding to crime. Maintaining order in our cities and towns is a full time job in and of itself.

To hurt people & ruin lives

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.

The police bully to boost their egos

The police in America only serve themselves. Rather than protect the public, they protect themselves and hide their unethical behavior behind a veil of silence.

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This page was last edited on Monday, 10 Aug 2020 at 10:32 UTC