Sample Essay Paper on Discipline within law enforcement agencies

Discipline within law enforcement agencies

This paper will look at discipline within law enforcement agencies, and analyze two cases; the counseling of two officers: Officer Roger Tumer and Officer Rebecca Snowden. Discipline within law agencies should include responsible and ethical conduct of employees. Police officers and other law enforcement agencies should not try to take advantage of innocent citizens using their status and authority. Taking advantage of civilians by law enforcement agents would make citizens lose trust in the law and justice system. Faith in the law and judicial enforcement agencies that are in place, contributes to volunteering of information by civilians to the police (Gaines & Worrall, 2011). They would not do that if they felt that the law enforcement officers were indiscipline or out to take advantage of others. To assist them transition from the police academy to the actual police force, police officers on probation after newly joining the force, the new officers are assigned to field training officers (FTO) who guide, evaluate and make recommendations on whether the new officer is ready to work on his/ her own without constant and consistent supervision. The FTO acts as the first line of supervision who gives guidance to the employee (Bumbak, 2010).

Counseling for Officer Roger Tumer

Officer Tumer will be informed of the need for ensuring that he remains humble if he wants to have a successful career in the police force. Unfortunately, academic certificates are not sufficient for a high ranking in the police force. If it has already been noted and numerous complaints have been made about Officer Roger Tumer, there is no way that he is likely to go far in his career. His criminal justice degree will be of no use if no one wants to be assigned cases together with him, or work closely with him. Officer Roger is contributing to a bad portrayal of law agency careers, which is a negative factor for the human resources department. The human personnel department cannot be able to attract highly qualified potential police officers if people in the community have a bad attitude towards the career. No one would want to be associated with a poorly perceived and rated career. Officer Tumer will be informed of the high likelihood that the next case that is reported about his abuse of position as a police officer will go into his record. Even with a degree in criminal justice, he cannot easily get a high position if his file says that he has issues dealing with people and his colleagues (More, 2010).

Counseling for Officer Rebecca Snowden

Officer Snowden will be informed of the need to act in a civil and respectful manner to both her peers and senior. It is unacceptable to be rolling eyes, wearing excessive makeup and decorative jewelry and making snide remarks especially for an individual that has aspirations of working in the juvenile section. She cannot be portraying the same kind of behavior that she is supposed to help finish among young individuals. Officer Snowden will also be warned of wearing inappropriate jewelry which is against law enforcement agency dressing rules and regulations. Another violation will earn the officer a warning letter; after which she might have to appear before a disciplinary board. Unfortunately such information on her record might lead to her being left out from considerations from promotions (Bender, 2005). A promotion would assist her grow career wise and be able to earn a higher level salary. With her current poor and unprofessional behavior, Officer Snowden might not get the juvenile section position since there are bound to be better qualified police officers who have a positive and respectful attitude towards their colleagues and seniors. Such individuals are more likely to get higher consideration than her in getting any available position.


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Bumbak, A. (2010). Dynamic Police training. New York: CRC Press.

Gaines, L. & Worrall, J. (2011). Police administration. Ohio: Cengage brain.

More, H. (2008). Current Issues in American Law Enforcement. Charles Thomas: Illinois