An In-Depth Look at Police Discretion: A Study of Police in Helena, MT

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Authors
McVey, Emily
Advisor
Fr. Jeremiah Lowney
Cheryl Hoover
Rick Moritz
Editor
Date of Issue
2005-04-01
Subject Keywords
police, Helena, Montana
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Title
An In-Depth Look at Police Discretion: A Study of Police in Helena, MT
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Abstract
This paper examines the concept of discretion and how it functions within the criminal justice system. Specifically, this paper looks at the history of police discretion, and current definitions of discretion. In addition, several theories are examined in cases where they apply to the use of discretion by police officers. The factors involved in decisions made by police officers every day are outlined and the importance of each factor and the effect it has on police discretion are looked at and evaluated as well as the importance of police discretion and its affect in the field of police work, with a closer look at its use in juvenile cases and its application and effect in Helena, Montana. Case studies involving first hand accounts of the use of police discretion by Helena City Police Officers are included. Finally, the results of a citizen survey and an officer survey are included in the paper. The citizen survey gives an overall view of the opinions of Helena area citizens on the police in Helena. The police officers survey gives an overall view of the opinions of the officers on their and other officers’ use of discretion on the job.
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Degree Awarded
Bachelor's
Semester
Spring
Department
Sociology & Anthropology