Realizing the Potential of Every Officer of the Law


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Short paper written for college course briefly outlining an idea to combine police work forces for better safety, coverage, and overall best-practices.

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Realizing the Potential of Every Officer of the Law

  1. 1. Realizing the Potential of Every Officer of the Law Brian Rakowski New Castle County has had a long and proud history of individual Police Forces operating in overlapping situations between departments. The primary concern is that although the Men and Women who risk their own wellbeing from smaller departments display an unfaltering amount of bravery, unifying our police forces under New Castle County as a parent umbrella would allow these brave officers not only the opportunity for advancement, but also the preparation to act appropriately to any circumstance due to specialized training. Over the last few years, a trend has been established upon the smaller Police Divisions to primarily handle speeding tickets and other motorist misdemeanors while allowing the much larger and better trained NCCPD to respond to more severe instances. While this has been necessary in the past, with the use of new technology such as cameras for speed and the running of red lights, this system borders on redundancy. In today’s world where criminals have access to a much larger arsenal of information as well as weaponry, should not every Police Officer receive the same training as well as be prepared to handle any situation. Anything short of this outcome not only places the officers themselves at risk but also diminishes their standing in the eyes of the general public. Each separate division of Town Police lists their arrest and subdued records not only daily but also annually. A quick observation of these reports should provide any reader with the insight that these officers are not equipped to handle the same scenarios as the County Police. In no way is this an attempt to reduce the number of Police Officers who dutifully protect us every day, but rather an attempt to standardize all officers to the same levels of competency in
  2. 2. an attempt to protect themselves better. It has also been a concern among the different communities that in order to be accepted into these small divisions, it takes special treatment and strong recommendations from influential individuals over test scores. Unifying our Force would eliminate any mistrust of the public in this area and eliminate any suspicion of corruption. The men and Women of the smaller Police departments could easily become incorporated into the NCCPD system. I feel that we are wasting the opportunity granted from individuals who are ready to protect our laws by not granting them access into this establishment. The buildings which are currently being used would not go to waste but rather would become satellite stations for patrols without thebureaucracy involved with transferring suspects between districts. In any arguments against officers receiving the same training, I feel that it is our right as Americans to expect the same level of competency and professionalism from anyone who represents a Police Force. Unifying our forces would also unify our funding which goes to better training and equipping our protective units. It is important to remember that these officers are human and that if there is no place for advancement in a small unit, they will either become complacent or leave the field entirely. Why not allow our everyday heroes the opportunity to become one and unify our County against crime. I understand that tradition plays a large part in maintaining the independence of these individual units but the amount of good which would be done should easily surmount even the loudest of critics.