The Police  In Houston Police Department (HPD)
Name and Location of the Police Department <ul><li>Houston police department (HPD) </li></ul><ul><li>Houston police depart...
The Level of Houston Law Enforcement  <ul><li>Mandate Houston community policing  </li></ul><ul><li>Houston enforces local...
Houston Police Department (HPD) Goals and Objectives <ul><li>Enforces federal, local and state laws </li></ul><ul><li>Enfo...
Goals and Objectives Continued <ul><li>Court hearing representation as witness and arresting officers </li></ul><ul><li>Ma...
Case law or constitutional amendment which influence on the police <ul><li>Houston v. Hill, 482 U.S. 451 (1987) </li></ul>...
Department Skills and Capabilities  <ul><li>Regulating safety by using and maintaining various arsenal  </li></ul><ul><li>...
Unethical Behavior by Police Officers <ul><li>Excessive use of force when apprehending delinquents  </li></ul><ul><li>Sear...
Unethical Behavior Continued  <ul><li>Flouting department's code of ethics and related expectations  </li></ul><ul><li>Det...
Unethical Behavior Continued <ul><li>Not responding to emergency calls </li></ul><ul><li>Using the department resources fo...
Solutions to Unethical Behavior by Police Officers <ul><li>Report and endorse severe discipline while in their liner of wo...
Solutions Continued <ul><li>Ascertain that law enforcers understand their department's code of ethics and related expectat...
Houston policing approach <ul><li>Houston police department have adapted focus on safety as their approach of combating cr...
References <ul><li>Angelis, J., & Kupchik, A. (2009). Ethnicity, Trust, and Acceptance of Authority among Police Officers....
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  • The police department which is being considered is Houston police department which mainly serves the Houston community which it ensures is secure.
  • It’s the role of the police department to provide security to the Houston community and enforce state law, municipal codes, federal and local laws
  • The main objectives of the police department is to enforce laws and respond to emergency calls by the public. They also investigate crime and apprehend criminals.
  • It is the role of the police officers to represent the criminals and witnesses before the witnesses to comprehend those who have been against the law.
  • The defendant Hill in the case Houston V. Hill, the police officer is being accused of inflicting harm to the friend of hill in this case which Houston police are being accused of brutality.
  • The police officers are also in charge of arsenal for security purposes in Houston. The department also has skills of mediating in difficult situations which are risky and they are mandated to maintain law and oder.
  • It noted that police officers have been using excessive force when apprehending those who have broken the law. They are also being accused of occasionally seizure and search premises when they do not have warrant to do it.
  • They are also accused of emotional attachment with suspects such that they do not comprehend them as they are required. Sometime they are being drunk when on duty and would also in detain suspect for longer duration than required before they are presented in court for trial.
  • It is unethical for police officers to give out information to criminals which would compromise on the research being done. They are also accused of misuse of department resources for their personal gain as well as stealing from the crime of scene
  • Its therefore necessary to implement strict rules which should be used to discipline any police officer in the department who would not be abiding with the law. There should also be an external agency which would be set to investigate law enforces because they would not be able to investigate themselves.
  • During recruitment it is necessary that the police officers are well vetted to ensure they get police officers who are upright. Code of conduct need to be reviewed and be taught to all police officers.
  • The police department has adopted many approaches to combat crime and mostly is through community policing. They have as well established Houston police department programs, robbery and tactical division which is acclaimed in United states. Traffic mobility is being manned by use of aerial surveillance and they have implemented plate scan systems in patrol cars.
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    1. 1. The Police In Houston Police Department (HPD)
    2. 2. Name and Location of the Police Department <ul><li>Houston police department (HPD) </li></ul><ul><li>Houston police department serves the Houston community </li></ul><ul><li>Houston police department is situated Houston which is an international city in Texas </li></ul><ul><li>Houston police department mission is to “enhance quality of life of the community and reduce fear by serving and protecting them better” </li></ul>
    3. 3. The Level of Houston Law Enforcement <ul><li>Mandate Houston community policing </li></ul><ul><li>Houston enforces local laws </li></ul><ul><li>State laws </li></ul><ul><li>Federal laws </li></ul><ul><li>Municipal Codes </li></ul><ul><li>Enforce states traffic regulations (HPD, 2009) </li></ul>
    4. 4. Houston Police Department (HPD) Goals and Objectives <ul><li>Enforces federal, local and state laws </li></ul><ul><li>Enforces municipal codes </li></ul><ul><li>Responding to the public emergency calls </li></ul><ul><li>Patrolling the streets and highways </li></ul><ul><li>Investigating crimes and apprehending the delinquents </li></ul><ul><li>Responding to all disturbances, complaints and accidents in the highways </li></ul>
    5. 5. Goals and Objectives Continued <ul><li>Court hearing representation as witness and arresting officers </li></ul><ul><li>Maintenance of equipment and motorcade within the department </li></ul><ul><li>Mandating community policing and other law enforcement programs within the society </li></ul><ul><li>Gathering of information and compiling data for reports </li></ul><ul><li>Rules and regulations enforcement to maintaining integrity, professionalism, philosophies, attitudes, and values within the force (Reed & Renée, 1995). </li></ul><ul><li>Protecting and serving the community in all the force capability </li></ul>
    6. 6. Case law or constitutional amendment which influence on the police <ul><li>Houston v. Hill, 482 U.S. 451 (1987) </li></ul><ul><li>The case is against the state of Houston and the defendant Hill. </li></ul><ul><li>Hill is indicted for willfully interrupting an officer from making an arrest </li></ul><ul><li>Interrupting by verbal challenging the officer </li></ul><ul><li>The municipal ordinance making it unlawful for any person from interrupting an officer from performing their job </li></ul><ul><li>The litigation was dropped due to the arresting officer misconduct </li></ul><ul><li>Also that Hill did not abuse the officer but stopped him from inflicting harm to his friend </li></ul>
    7. 7. Department Skills and Capabilities <ul><li>Regulating safety by using and maintaining various arsenal </li></ul><ul><li>Special law enforcement equipment management </li></ul><ul><li>Mediating difficult situations </li></ul><ul><li>Executing controlled discretion in communicating with delinquents </li></ul><ul><li>High risk operation expertise </li></ul><ul><li>Mandating and regulating laws and orders while serving effectively </li></ul>
    8. 8. Unethical Behavior by Police Officers <ul><li>Excessive use of force when apprehending delinquents </li></ul><ul><li>Search and seizure without warrant </li></ul><ul><li>Torturing of suspects </li></ul><ul><li>Forcing suspects to give statements without the presence of their attorney </li></ul><ul><li>Opening fire to unarmed suspect </li></ul><ul><li>Taking and soliciting bribes </li></ul>
    9. 9. Unethical Behavior Continued <ul><li>Flouting department's code of ethics and related expectations </li></ul><ul><li>Detaining suspect for more than twenty fours with having any charge </li></ul><ul><li>Improper public display while in the uniform like being drunk on duty </li></ul><ul><li>Planting evidence (falsified evidence) </li></ul><ul><li>Emotional attachment with the suspect </li></ul>
    10. 10. Unethical Behavior Continued <ul><li>Not responding to emergency calls </li></ul><ul><li>Using the department resources for personal gain </li></ul><ul><li>Cooperating with criminals e.g. giving out information’s </li></ul><ul><li>Waving of law on crime committed by family member </li></ul><ul><li>Abetting in criminal activities </li></ul><ul><li>Stealing from crime scene </li></ul><ul><li>Violation of laws because of the badge (Travis, 1994) </li></ul>
    11. 11. Solutions to Unethical Behavior by Police Officers <ul><li>Report and endorse severe discipline while in their liner of work </li></ul><ul><li>Harsh department's disciplinary policies are executed to unethical officers </li></ul><ul><li>Delivering diversity and ethics curriculum to law enforcement agencies </li></ul><ul><li>Demolition of the police code of silence </li></ul><ul><li>Setting up an external agency that deals with investigating law enforcers </li></ul><ul><li>Establishing also an Independent Commission Against Corruption agency </li></ul>
    12. 12. Solutions Continued <ul><li>Ascertain that law enforcers understand their department's code of ethics and related expectations </li></ul><ul><li>A law enforcement department should conduct interviews, psychological tests, and extensive background before recruiting (Angelis & Kupchik, 2009) </li></ul><ul><li>Provision of specific assistance in areas directly related to ethical behavior </li></ul><ul><li>Provision of a finely crafted, workable, and well-publicized code of ethics </li></ul><ul><li>Provision of 16-hour CIT class to all Texas police chiefs through the Law Enforcement Management </li></ul>
    13. 13. Houston policing approach <ul><li>Houston police department have adapted focus on safety as their approach of combating crime </li></ul><ul><li>Red Light Camera Enforcement Safety Program </li></ul><ul><li>Community policing </li></ul><ul><li>Houston police department CIT program (the largest in U.S) </li></ul><ul><li>Robbery and tactical division acclaimed the best in the U.S </li></ul><ul><li>Safe clear highway programs </li></ul><ul><li>Mobility response team program </li></ul><ul><li>Unmanned aerial surveillance drones to help with traffic mobility and SWAT operation assistance </li></ul><ul><li>Plate Scan system in all patrol cars </li></ul><ul><li>Ballistic Engineered Armored Response vehicle (BEAR) for high risk job </li></ul>
    14. 14. References <ul><li>Angelis, J., & Kupchik, A. (2009). Ethnicity, Trust, and Acceptance of Authority among Police Officers. Journal of Criminal Justice. 37(2009), 273–279 </li></ul><ul><li>HPD, (2009). Difference in the Police Department. Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice. 19(3), 330-44 </li></ul><ul><li>Reed, A., & Renée B. (1995). Fifth Amendment First Principles: The Self-Incrimination Clause. Michigan Law Review . 37(1995), 273–279. </li></ul><ul><li>Travis. (1994). Police and Excessive Force. Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology . 16(5), 481-501. </li></ul>

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