Despite the inherent dangers associated with such discretion, there are numerous advantages that the utilization of police discretion brings. These can include the flexibility in the exercise or justice in society, helping to prevent injustices through technicalities in the law, and helping to develop better police-community relationships (Beech, 2008).To keep the respect and morale of police from diminishing, officers need to be fair and just in their dealings with citizens; that is that discretion is sometimes necessary on minor offences so that fines aren’t continually issued (Delattre, 2006). However, with the list of advantages also come a string of disadvantages. As police discretion allows for individual decision making by officers, decisions can sometimes create disturbances within minorities groups. If it was seen that a normal traffic stop resulted in to different outcomes that involved an elderly caucasian woman and a young male of ethnic decent it could create conflictions in law. In addition, the use of police discretion can provide an opening for the development police deviance or corruption, as abuse of discretion is hard to detect (Elicker, 2007).
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