NationStates Jolt Archive

Law Enforcement Act

25-05-2008, 14:50
As I was doing a project for one of my college classes, I noticed how many goverments have a police force that is either untrained, or extremely violent towards the civilians they are supposed to protect. So for that reason, I have written this proposal to attempt to fix this problem.

Law Enforcement Act |Category: International Security| Strength: Strong


Noticing that the police force in some nations may be unaware of how to keep a peaceful enviroment for civilians.

(A) Police Brutality.

Worrying that some police forces may be excessively agressive against criminals when it is not required.

Demanding that all police officers may not:

1. Dismember a criminal.
2. Severely damage the body of a criminal, unless the criminal is armed/dangerous.
3. Use a criminal for personal gain. (i.e. selling to slave traders)
4. Use a criminal for sexual pleasure.
5. Torture criminals.
6. Shoot or beat a criminal after the criminal is unconscious.
7. Demand money or other personal items from the criminal, unless related to a crime.
8. Kill a criminal after he/she is in custody.
9. Kill a criminal if he/she is unarmed and/or committing a petty crime (i.e. robbery) without the use of a firearm.
10. Arrest a civilian because of race, religion, ethnicity, or sex.

Demanding that any law enforcement personnel found guilty of breaking any of the above stated rules, be ejected from the police force and jailed for a certain ammount of time, depending on the severity of the crime.

(B) Police Corruption

Understanding that many police officers are corrupt and not following their duties as peace-keepers and enforcers.

Also understanding that corrupt police officers do not arrest criminals for various reasons.

Requesting that, to keep corruption levels low, police forces:

1. Request officers to arrest any civilian or criminal that bribes them. The police officers will be awarded for being truthful and turning the criminal in.
2. Request officers to not see friends who have become criminals to disencourage the probability of the officer helping the criminal.
3. Monitor every police officer's phone calls and Internet usage, especially for suspected officers.
4. Request officers to immediately report a criminal(s) or suspected criminal(s) attempting to befriend the officer.
5. Request officers to not speak to anyone in high-crime areas, unless regarding a crime.

Demanding that any law enforcement personnel found guilty of corruption be jailed and ejected from the police force.

(C) Police Training

Realising that police training is a vital part of law enforcement.

Worrying that many law enforcement officers are poorly trained.

Requesting that all law enforcement academies and stations train officers in the selected areas:

1. Basic firearm handling and accuracy.
2. Strength and stamina.
3. Handling an emergency.
4. Arresting a criminal.
5. First aid.
6. Evacuation procedures.
7. Investigation procedures.
8. Driving/Driving maneuvers.
9. Communication.
10. Operating computers and other software/machinery helpful to law enforcement.

Requesting that more funding is given to law enfrocement acadmies and stations to increase training procedures.

(D) Conclusion

Understanding that much of the police force is corrupt, overly aggressive, or poorly trained.

Hoping that with the passing of this act, the safety level in nations world-wide will increase, leading to happier civilians, less tragedy, and maybe even a boost to the economy.

Constructive criticism please.
25-05-2008, 19:41
The wording of this proposal needs considerable cleaning up, but the concept is basically sound. Two things leap out at me, though.

First, it's all very accusatory in tone. Police are corrupt, officers are poorly trained... the way the proposal is written implies that this is the majority case. With a few dishonorable exceptions, nothing is going to put ambassadors' backs up faster than telling them their their police are corrupt. It would be better to make this less emphatic, and leave the implication that only a (still undesirable) minority of police are corrupt.

Second, I don't think you've got the political juggling act right. You're basically appealing to the Human Rights groups, aren't you? Unfortunately, more than a few of them are going to notice this:

3. Monitor every police officer's phone calls and Internet usage, especially for suspected officers.

...and flat-out refuse to support it. Police officers have human rights too, and I doubt I'd be able to get my ambassador to agree to trample all over them. You're only "requesting" that we do this, but that's still going to put a lot of your potential supporters off.

Cerys Coch, Permanent Undersecretary
30-05-2008, 17:15
Didnt you put this up on the WA already? or was it something similiar to this?
31-05-2008, 00:35
We of axmanland quite like this bill but there are a few things that need work

part A

i would change the wording in part nine very slightly from "without the use of a firearm" to "without the use of a weapon" because if someone comes at one of our fine justicars with a chainsaw he IS going to develop a fatal case of bullets.

part B

in part one you talk about rewarding officers who turn in attempted bribe givers unfortunately this creates a perverse incentive for any officer who wants a reward to solicit bribes or attempt to extract an offer of bribery where one might not otherwise occur.

part five would seem to me to be very restrictive plainclothes justicars must cultivate many links in high crime area's and by having uniformed justicars willing to talk to residents in high crime zones they can forge strong community relations witch can deliver real benefits when trying to root out anti social behavior.

part c is good but i would go further putting intelligence gathering, community relations and first aid on the list

other than that i like it and wish you good luck
31-05-2008, 03:40
hmmmm i like wat ur thinking

i agree