Role of police (Roles mission and functions)
- To keep the peace by
- Protection of people and property
- Upholding/enforcing the law
- Maintaining order
- Prevention and detection of crime
- Providing social services
What is the oath of office?
- A legally binding vow that enables original authority and discretion
- Provides guidance on how to fullful your role as a police officer
- It requires you to keep the peace, faithfull and according to law
- Bestows the office of constable
What is the statement of values?
- They are the shared ideals of the nswpf. Values should be put before ones own
- Excelllence - Having the highest proffesional standards and integrity
- Trust - Promoting community faith and confidence in their police
- Honour - Acting with pride and admiration for the policing profession
- Impartiality -Fair and objective decision making without prejudice
- Commitment - Dedication and devototion in the perfomance of your duties
- Accountability - acknowledging ownership and being answerable for your actions
- Leadership - Acting as a role model for the community and your colleagues
What is code of conduct and ethics
Provides greater detail and clearer guidlines on the conduct required of police in order to support the values of the NSWPF and the OOO
What is discretion?
Acting on your own judgement wherever the law leaves you free to do so
Why have discretion?
- To uphold the spirit of the law rather then the letter of the law
- Laws cannot cater for every situation, allows each situation to be taken on its merits
- The community as whole may not always want the law enforced
- Law breakers intent is not always deliberate or evil
What is the rule of law?
- The rule of law is an ideal,
- A system of authority where all laws are publically agreed upon, publically available and apply to all
What is the ethical decision making model?
- Issue -
- Options and assessments
- ( applysLESS Principle)
What is the LESS princple when deciding between actions?
- L - Is your action LAWFUL
- E - Is your action ETHICAL
- S - Stakeholders in context (eg is it fair to the victim etc)
- S - Will your actions stand public SCRUTINY
Name some enacted laws to protect human rights
- Right to life
- Right to privacy
- Right to own property
- Right to liberty and freedom if mivement
- Right to social order
- Presumption of innocence
Why do police breach some human rights?
Police breach the rights of a minority to protect the rights of a majority
What 5 rights can police never justify breaching?
- Ban on torture, cruel or degrading punishment
- Ban on arbitrary arrest and detention
- Right to fair trail
- Presumption of innocence
- Ban on arbitery inteference with privacy, family home or correspondence, nor attacks upon honour or reputation.
What is authority
The right or permission to do something to achieve an outcome
What is power?
Is the ability to act or achieve control, especially when using coercive force,
What is coercive force?
Making someone do something they would of not otherwise done.
When should you not use coercive force?
- To teach someone a lesson
- To teach someone respect for police
- To humiliate someone
- To punish someone