Community Policing Ch 8

  1. what is the common goal of the police and the media?
    The police and members of the media share the common goal of serving the public.
  2. why can the police-media relationship be called symbiotic?
    the police and the media share a symbiotic relationship; they are mutually dependent on each other.
  3. what amendment protects freedom of the press?
    The 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution Guarantees the public's right to know

  4. what Amendment guides the police in their relationship with the media?
    The Sixth Amendment guarantees suspects the right to a fair trial and protects defendants' rights.
  5. What are some legitimate reasons for not giving information to the media?
    • Police may need to withhold information from the media
    • 1) until next of kin are notified
    • 2) in the interest of public safety
    • 3) to protect the integrity of an investigation
  6. how can the safety of members of the media be enhanced during explosive situations?
    police should meet with media representatives to explain the safety rules before an incident arises.
  7. Does the conflict between the police and the media alway be dysfunctional?
    Conflict need not be dysfunctional. In fact, healthy conflict between the media and the police is necessary and beneficial.
  8. is it ever appropriate or justifiable to lie to the media?
    if lying to the media might save a life or protect the public safety, after the need to lie has passed, the department should explain why lying was necessary and, perhaps, apologize.
  9. In a police-media relationship survey, what factor was found to affect the relationship the most?
    accessibility to police data and personnel.
  10. Why may reporters foul up stories?
    Reporters may bungle a story because of:

    Ignorance, oversimplification, or time constraints.
  11. how can officers improve relations with the media?
    1) To improve police-media relations, journalists should be informed of a department's policies and procedures regarding the media and crime scenes.

    2) officers should avoid police jargon and technical terminology and respect reporters' deadlines by releasing information in a timely manner so the news media has a chance to fully understand the situation.
  12. why are partnerships with the media critical to the successful implementation of community policing?
    As police departments adopt the community policing philosophy and implement its strategies, public support is vital.

    The media can play an important role in obtaining that support or in losing it.
  13. Vocab: Symbiotic
    Describes a relationship of mutual dependence upon each other.
  14. Vocab: News media echo effect
    • The theory that the media have the power,
    • through their coverage of isolated, high-profile cases,
    • to influence the operations of the criminal justice system and even the disposition of individual cases.
  15. Vocab: Soundbites
    Good, solid information stated briefly, that is, within 7 to 12 seconds.
  16. Vocab: Public information officer (PIO)
    An officer trained in public relations and assigned to disseminate information to the media. (the blood lady that came to the classroom!!!)

    Thereby providing accurate, consistent information, while controlling leaks of confidential or inaccurate information and managing controversial or negative situations to department's benefit.
  17. Vocab: Perp walk
    The police practice of parading suspects before the media, often simply for the publicity provided by news media coverage.
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Community Policing Ch 8
Community Policing partnership problem solving 7th edition