Probation and Parole

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Mark Ortega
CRJ 215
CTA #1
September 3, 2012

Difference Between a Police Officer and Probation & Parole

A police officer is an individual who plays the role of maintaining in keeping order and peace in the public. Police officers are used for emergency services such emergency calls, disasters, public safety for large gatherings, road and traffic services and collisions as well. The police are also responsible for reprimanding offenders by issuing citations to those violators acting in a crime, from a traffic violation to robbery and break ins. Police officers are the individuals who victims call under times of distress when something happens to them.

A police officer is usually the first on sight when disasters occur or when a crime is committed. Police Officers have certain powers over the general public, which are the power to arrest an individual if the individual has committed a crime or an offense. They have the power to use deadly force when they feel they are in danger or if they feel the public is in danger.

The goal of a police officer is to secure the safety of the public keeping the roads safe, drugs off the street and communities and reduce the act of crime and also stop crime before it happens or after it has happened. Police officers make sure that the roads, community and their city is safe and always watched. Police officers are there to reduce the fear of the community and to put criminals behind bars.

A probation officer is different from a police officer; the definition of the actual meaning of probation in the court system is a court-imposed sanction that releases a convicted offender into the community under a conditional suspended sentence. This practice assumes that most offenders are not dangerous and will respond well to treatment. In fact, the average Probationer is a first time and or non-violent offender who, it is believed, will be best served by remaining in the community while serving out their sentence.

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