Intro to Policing
The CSI Effect
There has been a rise in interest in crime fighting television series’. People think that what they are watching on television is what happens in real life and get the wrong idea about how it really works. It affects law enforcement because suspects think that they know better than experienced detectives. Jurors think that certain types of evidence need to be presented in order to convict them which makes it harder for the detectives and attorneys to keep the suspects off the streets. This CSI effect affects law enforcement because it puts a delay on the case. People do not realize that it is these detectives jobs to try and figure out what is really going and that they will get to the bottom of the situation.
Television shows that are similar to reality make people tend to think that is how it works when you are in those types of situations. These programs resemble actual cases, but only after cutting out a lot of the courtroom action that goes on during real investigations. They also condense the investigation into an hour long tv show when in reality, cases can last for years. The courtroom is where all the rulings take place and depending on the case, there can be multiple court hearings. In these shows, there tend to be more action packed scenes than the more serious ones but in reality, more time is spent in the courtroom. Many law enforcement personnel have claimed that watching forensic television programs has made jurors think that you need every piece of evidence to put someone in jail. The
most common reason as to why jurors believe that someone did not commit a crime is because there is no DNA evidence. In a lot of cases, criminals do not leave DNA evidence. The jurors expect the research laboratories to have the most advanced technology possible which cannot ...
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