Society expects law enforcement to serve the public by managing the polarity between preserving public safety and protecting individual rights. But, as we have seen in the past few years, an imbalance creates turmoil, and neither objective is satisfied. Criminal justice scholars have identified the need for police reform for several decades. Yet, the evolution of law enforcement practices has not appeared to keep up with societal expectations. At the core of every traffic stop, arrest, search, act of bravery, and incident of misconduct is decision-making. This conceptual article explores the influence of organizational culture in law enforcement decision-making through the lens of a state-level agency to provide insight into how leaders can better align officer decision-making with societal expectations.
Homan, Herbert, "Influencing Discretion: Law Enforcement's Challenge in Meeting Societal Expectations" (2022). Graduate Student Publications. 2.
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