How about this hypothesis on Law Enforcement, Culture and Legislation?

What police are expected to do begins in the legislature. When laws are relatively few and more carefully chosen, the pool of people who would find themselves able to serve *in good conscience* as an officer of the law is greatly expanded. Conversely, the number of law enforcement job openings is relatively low. The result is an excellent police force that people generally respect, as only the best candidates are chosen from a large pool. When laws are more numerous and chosen with less care, fewer people will agree with them and fewer people will find themselves able to serve as a law enforcement officer, in good conscience. At the same time, demand for officers to enforce the more numerous laws will be higher, and departments will have to hire more people from a smaller and potentially less desirable pool. Not only will this cause the police to lose respect among the citizenry, but the distorted police image will compel the wrong people to join the force for the wrong reasons. I don't think that most of the U.S.A. is at either of these extremes, although it seems to have been more like the first situation when our country was younger. (This is aside from paying LEO's well, which is much easier to do in the first scenario and is essential in any fight against police corruption.)

Asked By: A Box of Signs - 3/14/2007
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Answered By: robbocop - 3/14/2007
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That sounds good in theory, but you don't lower the standards just so you have a larger population of people to choose from when hiring. That's just an excuse for people that can meet the high standards required to be in law enforcement.
Answered By: drb1256 - 3/14/2007
disagreeing with some of the laws isn't going to keep alot of people from pursuing a career in law enforcement. I think that idealism takes a back seat when things like benefits and pay are on the line. Also, who says that the more laws you have the more cops you need on the street.
Answered By: phdpsychman - 3/14/2007
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