The police’s main role in a democracy is to act as an interface between the state and its citizens, and as well to initiate court proceedings when crimes have been committed against the state. The role of police in a democracy by ishaq salihu [email protected] universally it has been accepted that democracy is the only system of governance that, guarantees the freedom of people and the police as an only institution to protect and curtail the citizenry’s excesses herein, lies the contradictions. On the other hand, police are granted by government the exclusive power to use force, which can be abused to undermine democracy in either case, they play a prominent role in the success or failure of a democratic societyanother key principle of democratic society is equality before the law.
The lack of clarity regarding the question of, what ought to be the role of the police in a free, permissive and participatory society (such as jamaica), serves only to exacerbate the tension it should not surprise you therefore that the role of the police varies from society to society.
The role of civil society in democracy keith sanders july 20, 2013 civ 410 victoria labs as one looks at the history of democracy, it is common to detect an undertone, a rush of voices clamoring for purchase in the debate regarding how the country will be governed. On one hand, police enhance democracy by exemplifying one of its central tenets, the rule of law, while also suppressing crime on the other hand, police are granted by government the exclusive power to use force, which can be abused to undermine democracy. Police officers are part of law enforcement, or the group of people tasked with the prevention of crime and apprehension of offenders in other words, law enforcement officials, including police officers, investigate and prevent crimes from happening.
When police operate under the rule of law they may protect democracy by their example of respect for the law and by suppressing crime police are moral, as well as legal, actors. Police are subservient to a single party, not a legislature or judiciary the policing of crime and politics merge and political dissent becomes a crime the meaning of the term police has changed over the last 5 centuries the word police comes from polity, meaning the form of government of a political body.
The police should play a major role in fashioning and implementing a proper law enforcement policy for their community' this is an obviously impor-tant and difficult task, one seldom apparent to the 1 there is increasingly adequate literature on the responsibility of police for the development of law en-forcement policy.
On the other hand, police are granted by government the exclusive power to use force, which can be abused to undermine democracy in either case, they play a prominent role in the success or failure of a democratic society. Community policing is an explicit effort to create a more democratic force it is based on the assumption that policing will be more effective if it has the support of, and input from the community and if it recognizes the social service and order maintenance aspects of the police role.
This article explores the connections between ideas about american democracy and ideas about the police i argue that criminal procedure jurisprudence and scholarship on the police over the past half-century have roughly tracked, in a delayed fashion, developments in democratic theory over the same period. Video: role of police in democratic societies the police work to keep everyone safe and keep order in society through law enforcement agencies that work to prevent crime and apprehend offenders in this lesson, we'll look at the four major responsibilities of the police and problem-oriented policing.