Civilian oversight committees are often charged with reviewing police activities to ensure that police have fulfilled their duties in an ethical manner, in compliance with police rules. In an essay of 750 to 1,000 words, discuss the following:
- Provide an overview of a civilian oversight committee. What are their typical functions and duties?
- Do civilian oversight committees have “teeth”? In other words, can they take meaningful action if they believe that a police officer has acted inappropriately? Explain.
- What obligation does a police department have to listen to the recommendations of a civilian oversight committee? Explain.
- Examine an internal ethics model for a police department. Would that model easily comply, or conflict with the purpose and scope of a civilian oversight committee? Explain where they might conflict and where they are in agreement and why.
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