Law Enforcement in Democratic Society

Law Enforcement in Democratic Society

Law Enforcement in Democratic Society

People are not always convinced law enforcement in a democratic society is any better than law enforcement in dictatorship states. In a way, there have been times when police and other officials have been caught being too heavy-handed and have given the public a lot to think about. You cannot blame people for looking closely at law enforcement within society today as sometimes it is in the spotlight and not for the best of reasons either.

How Much Force Can Law Enforcement Use within a Democratic Society?

There is a reasonable limit in terms of how much force a police officer or a law enforcement official is able to use. For instance, when someone is resisting arrest or being a danger to the public by brandishing a weapon, they can use the force of pepper sprays and even stun guns to subdue them. However, there is a limit to what force they can use. For instance, if someone is unarmed but being mouthy, a police officer doesn’t have the right to use deadly force if they are not in danger. A democratic society has these rules to help keep people safe.

Can Modern Law Enforcement Really Deliver What It Promises?              

A democratic society is not like a dictatorship, it’s different and yet, people are not always happy with a police state and how law enforcement works. Some might say our police are more withdrawn than what other dictatorship states are because they are more heavy-handed but others wouldn’t agree. In truth, law and the roles of police and many other law personnel are seen in a different light by a number of people. There are some who say democracy doesn’t really make law enforcement personnel better and others who say the opposite. Again, it comes down to certain examples and what we observe as we view life. Sometimes, modern enforcement officials are not delivering what they promise.

Moving Forward

In a way, a democratic society has changed the face of law enforcement. Law enforcement within a democratic society is very different from other societies that aren’t run in a democratic state. However, what will happen within the next few years is a process of moving on, moving forward and finding a way to incorporate older enforcement with newer and more modern techniques. The way we view police right now is different from how we viewed them a few years ago and yet they play a vital role in today’s society.

Times will Change

To be honest, the way law enforcement personnel works today, will be different in ten years. There will be changes ahead and there are already so many people pressing forward for change. You cannot blame people for wanting change as it can be a vital part of the system to keep people safe. Yes, there are some law enforcement branches that are great and are without fault but many are not and those are the branches which must be changed. A democratic society cannot function without good law enforcement but there are limits to what that is.

Laurie Lucas

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