Police Discretion: Definition, Examples, Pros & Cons


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Which of the following is a type of decision a police officer must make utilizing his own discretion while on the job?

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1. What is one reason proponents of police discretion cite for the use of discretion?

2. Which is a reason why people are against police discretion?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Through this assessment, you will encounter questions on police discretion which include when police use personal discretion and the arguments for and against police discretion.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Answer these questions to identify:

  • The decisions in which police must use personal discretion
  • Arguments for and against police use of discretion
  • Times when police have to exercise personal discretion

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on police discretion
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the pros and cons of police discretion and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding police use of personal discretion

Additional Learning

The lesson entitled Police Discretion: Definition, Examples, Pros & Cons is a great source of information on this topic and you can use it to meet the following objectives:

  • Identify situations in which police must use personal discretion
  • Understand the pros and cons of police discretion
  • Evaluate the rights granted to citizens under the Fourth Amendment