Police Recruitment, Abuses and Other Issues
You have highlighted some extremely valid points in the areas of training that forensic psychology professionals operate in within police organizations; one especially being fitness-for-duty assessments as they help identify those individuals most suitable for police work, they help determine if policing officials can continue a career in police work or if said individuals are unfit for duty because they can potential do more harm to themselves, their partners and the policing agent. We can surmise that training is paramount to the success and effectiveness of police work. However, it is important to note the costs associated with said training or the loss of unstable officers. Our text states that upwards of $500,000 are spent in officer training (Ainsworth, 2002), how do you think this impacts the use of psychological screening?
Explain some of the questionable use of force methods being utilized by officers recently in the media? How can policing agencies be good stewards of their resources while selecting the very best into the police force?
...ly fit candidates might fail other elements of the test which can impact recruitment. This means the expansion of efforts to find more candidates for selection which requires a higher budget. Resource-wise thus, effective recruitment requires a rethink of the management of police resources so that whatever the budget is, efforts can be maximized and recruitment strategized to get the highest number of quality candidates with the potential of becoming effective police officers.
Police Use of Excessive Force
The idea that police officers can abuse their authority by using excessive force when enforcing the law in their effort to keep the peace is not new. But recent events, like the conviction for murder of South Carolina Officer Michael T. Slager for the shooting of Walter L. Scott, a black man who fled when he was told to stop has brought to surface the question of police brutality and use of excessive force. A research by Cambridge University (Bernhardt, 2015) shares that, "In 2013, at least 461 people were killed by US police in 'justifiable' homicides according to official FBI reports, although Sherman said that estimates from news media reports would suggest that number was over 1,000." In Britain in the same year, the number is 0. Bernhardt alleges that the reason behind such high rates in the US is the lack of infrastructures within policing, including in recruitment that does not check against police brutality and excessive use of force. ...