The essay is a critical examination of NYPD and
It is worth mentioning that the recent acts of terrorism did promote the police to be more vigilant and more suspicious in their line of duty. Additionally, although it is the role of the government to see to it that its entire citizens are safe from security threats, it is indeed the local police deployed that will make this to be realized. In various jurisdictions, police officers do carry firearms while performing there duties, this is what has been termed as armed policing (New York Police Department, 2008).
In each and every nation that is independent and sovereign, a good government usually tries its best to ensure that its local population security is checked. The major roles of any police force are to maintain law and order. New York City Police Department was founded back in 1845 and is now the largest police force in a municipality within US. The major responsibilities of NYPD are to carry out investigations as well as enforcing law in five of the borough in the city of
Similarities between NYPD and
In terms of responsibilities, roles, tasks and duty, both are aimed at fostering peace and maintaining orders within their jurisdictions. They are both bestowed with some set of powers to arrest, investigate and such related issues. Additionally, both NYPD and
On the same note, during recruitment there are some very closely related hiring qualifications and include passing a written exam, physical fitness test, a higher education, age limit of 21 years, drug and alcohol test as well as a clean background history. Similarly the two do carry their duties with the help of almost similar kind s of equipment aside from firearms; it is evident that they have such equipment as vehicle’s, cars, trucks, horses, helicopters among others.
It is also worth to note that in both NYPD and
Concerning the issue of accountability both the bodies have been seriously accused of harassing and killing people. For instance, in 2008, Morale Iman was killed; this was seriously condemned by Peoples’ Justice for Community Control and Police Accountability. This killing amounted to people claiming that NYPD had no respect for the disabled individuals. Records show that since 2001 to 2008, about 300 people did lose their lives after being or shot by police. On the same note a number of cases taken to the court have not been handled satisfactorily leaving the culprits got Scot free.
Nonetheless, efforts have been made by both the government, the NYPD it self as well as other relevant stakeholders in trying to foster accountability of the police. One main step was documenting and publicizing police misconduct and ensuring that the law takes it due course has yielded some fruits.
According to Dempsey & Forst, 2009 concerning accountability of
Differences between NYPD and
Despite the similarities mention previously, there are instances of very sharp and contrasting characteristic between these two police bodies. One notable difference is the public relation these two set of police exhibit (Hakeem, 2008). On one hand, the NYPD is deemed to be having in place very good mechanisms that helps it connect with the local population hence helping it create a good rapport with the citizen from where they can easily get information. On the other hand, especially the religious police, they have a very poor relationship with the local. An incident that attests to this is the shooting of one of the police by a woman back in 2009. The locals see these police as operating without factoring in the rights of the local as they take action on their own hand without following due procedure.
A clear difference also is evident in organization as well as the structure of these important arm that over see maintenance of order and peace. For NYPD, the department has ten bureaus. It is worth noting that each of the six out of ten bureaus is for enforcement. This is later subdivided into sections, divisions, units, patrol boroughs, precincts and detective squads. A bureau chief is in charge of each bureau; all other individuals report to the chief of the bureau (New York Police Department, 2008).
In terms of responsibility, it is evident that
Despite the fact that both use firearms while in line of duty, the kinds of weapons used differ significantly. Similarly the equipment such as vehicles at their disposal is indeed different from each other. It is worth noting that those officers that are new in NYPD are allowed to chose from one of the three 9mm service pistol and include SIG P226 DAO, Glock 19 and Smith & Wesson model 5946 (Cristen, 2010). On the other hand,
From the review of NYPD and Saudi Arabia in regards to Armed Policing, it is evident that the two share some similarities and at the same time exhibit very distinct differences. Among the similarities they share include use of firearms in line of their duties, some having plain cloths while in duty, having such equipment such as vehicles, helicopters, both offer similar kind of training which focuses on body and mind, they share most of the hiring requirements, both lack solid accountability and transparency. On the other hand, clear differences occur in organization and structure, the types of weapons used, technological adoption among others. In my view, both need to do a lot to foster first its public relation, then accountability and transparency.