The Three Views of Conflict: How Criminal Justice Agencies Function in the Midst of Conflict

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What is conflict? There are many definitions for conflict. A conflict is defined by Robbins & Judge (2011) as "A process that begins when one party perceives that another party has negatively affected, or is about to negatively affect something that the first party cares about".
In this paper the three views of conflict will be discussed, then compared and contrasted. They are: (1) traditional view ;( 2) human relations view and (3) interactionist view. In addition functional conflict and dysfunctional conflict are discussed with examples of criminal justice agencies that are in the midst of one of these types of conflict.
Traditional View
According to Robbins & Judge (2011), the traditional view of conflict assumes that all conflict
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New York Police Department in the midst of functional conflict.
The New York City Police Department is an example of an agency in midst functional conflict. New York City’s police department deals with conflict on a constant basis. This is mainly because of the war on terror. New York City has been the target of terrorist attacks both in 1993 and in 2001. In addition, the NYPD counterterrorism unit works endlessly to fend off attacks from terrorist. The city of New York functions everyday in the midst of conflict. New York City’s police department is an excellent example of a criminal justice agency working amidst functional conflict. It is because of this conflict that this agency works together with other agencies (FBI, Homeland Security) to fight against terrorism and to protect its city and its citizens. New Orleans Police Department in the midst of dysfunctional conflict
New Orleans police department is an example of a criminal justice agency in the midst of dysfunctional conflict. The New Orleans police department's reputation for corruption is no secret. The Department of Justice in 2011, report, brings to light the department’s corruption, unprofessionalism, lack of training and lack of centralized authority.
In the executive summary of the report the DOJ says:
"The NOPD has long been a troubled agency. Basic elements of effective policing---clear policies, training, accountability, and

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