Discretionary Powers of Police Officers

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Sherril Cherazard
Florida Atlantic University
September 24, 2012

Basic law enforcement training covers using force, deadly force, and investigating crimes. The law enforcement spends time and resource training for officers to use firearms and other weapons to understand the constitutional standards and agency policies concerning when they can employ such force. An officer should use deadly force when a criminal is physically attacking them and when a criminal is harming someone. If there is a gunman putting everyone in danger, a police officer should be allowed to use deadly force to protect citizens. They can also use deadly force when a criminal is resisting arrest.

Discretionary power must be used reasonably impartially avoiding oppression or unnecessary injury. Administrative agencies are given broad discretion to exercise their administrative authority. Administrative agencies are provided with discretionary power to ascertain place and time to hear and decide matters that comes before. Agencies have the power to prosecute and enforce matters through civil or criminal process. Abuse of the discretionary power can be alleged only to reverse a decision. Police discretion includes professional judgments, effective use of resources, and development sound public policy. The used of force likelihood of arrest have been found to be influenced by community factors.

Discretionary powers should be used by administrative and legal authorities are permissive, and not binding. Those powers should be granted by statue or delegation. Discretionary powers do not impose an obligation on a decision making to exercise them in particular manner. Discretionary power is connected to deadly force by needing permission to shoot a criminal. Officers have to use proper judgments and decisions in order to use deadly weapons. Officers are trained for months to use deadly force.

Non-lethal weapons are weapons intended to be less likely to kill a living target than are...
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