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Biological Criminal Behavior

1. Should a police officer be sanctioned for drinking to excess in public and making a spectacle of himself or herself in a bar? Should it make a difference if the police officer is outside of his or her jurisdiction of employment? What private behaviors of police, if any, should be subject to sanction? Please explain your position.

2. Define discretion, provide examples of discretion, and discuss both the ethical and unethical use of discretion.

3. In your opinion, what criminological theory or theories can explain the atrocities committed by Hitler and the Nazis in World War II? Explain your theory by giving examples

4. Do you believe that there are certain biological chemical factors in the body that may account for criminal activity? Explain.

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1. Should a police officer be sanctioned for drinking to excess in public and making a spectacle of himself or herself in a bar? Should it make a difference if the police officer is outside of his or her jurisdiction of employment? What private behaviors of police, if any, should be subject to sanction? Please explain your position.

An officer is supposed to be a model citizen. They should be held to a higher standard than other citizens because they know the laws better than anyone else. In fact, they enforce the laws. It really should not matter where their jurisdiction lies as to whether their actions are acceptable or not. If an officer is drinking in public and making a spectacle of his or her self then they should be reprimanded. Where I am from, the police department holds their officers to an extremely high standard. I have known officers to be suspended for cheating on their spouse, and for getting a speeding ticket in another jurisdiction. However, I think that delving into anyone's personal life is a bit much, but at the same time it is definitely understandable. Any personal actions done by law enforcement are scrutinized, and could get unwanted media attention. This is not good for any police agency. Departments do not like it when they have to explain themselves or the actions of their employees. Therefore, it is completely understandable that officers are held to a higher standard, and I believe that their personal lives should be taken into account just as their professional lives, also. Actions such as infidelity, public drunkenness, and reckless driving should be subject to sanction. I truly believe someone should be held accountable for their actions regardless of their occupation. No one should get preferred treatment just because of who they are within a community. ...

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The private behaviors of police that should be subject to sanctions are determined. The ethical and unethical uses of discretion are defined.

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