Criminal Justice Paper


Criminal Justice Paper

Watch the video below and write a reaction paper about the content presented.  Some questions you may consider but are not required in case you need some guidance include:

  • What do you think of Lt. Colonel Melvin Russell’s statement that policing for him is a “calling not a job?”
    • Under the Week 8 readings, do you think Russell views his job as a profession or an occupation?  Why?
  • What is the invisible crisis in law enforcement Russell mentions?
    • Why is this a crisis?
    • How is this related to community policing?
  • What is the radical policing approach that Russell implemented in Baltimore?
    • Was Russell a supervisor? If so, what position did he hold?
    • What kind of leadership style did Russell exhibit (i.e., transactional or transformational)?
      • How do you know?  Explain your response.
    • How many officers were under Russell’s command?
  • Do you think the number of officers under his command to be a challenge to Russell’s radical policing imitative?  Why or why not?
  • What did Russell have his officers do within the communities?
    • Why is this significant?  Explain your response.
    • How is this related to community policing?  Explain your response.
  • Russell mentions the mantra “protect and serve.”  Which aspect of this mantra did Russell say that police do well at and which police forgot about?
    • Explain your response.
  • Russell states that communities have put too much responsibility on law enforcement.
    • Do you agree?  Explain your response.
    • What responsibilities should be placed back on communities?
      • Explain your response.
  • Who does Russell include in the term “communities?”
  • What do you think is relational equity?
    • Who should take responsibility for loss of relational equity according Russell?
    • How can this be resolved?
  • How can crime “take care of itself?”
  • Was Russell successful in his radical policing?
    • What does he attribute to this success?
    • How has this influenced other jurisdictions?
  • How do you think Russell views community policing?
    • How do you know?
    • Explain your response.

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