Why should we study police deviance? Why do I study police deviance? The answer to both of these questions lies in the human need to feel secure. Knowledge and information free us from our insecurities and alothough that information might raise more answers, it is important we ask questions and inquire about important matters that effect us all.
So much of our lives are spent working or finding a mate, that we often take for granted the social structures we are born into. We are just to busy to care. That is until our saftey is called into question. That is when people take what little knowledge they possess about the Criminal Justice System and expect great things to happen for them. When grea things take time or dont happen at all, we feel insecure and untrustworthy about a system we have little knowledge about.
Why do I study police deviance? This semester i study police deviance in the classroom, in order to gain a deeper understanding of those who watch over us. The majority of my experiances with polices forces in the lower mainland have not been good ones. Race and age discrimination, illegal search and seizures along with an array of second hand incidents heard from people I know. My opinion on the police that enforce the laws I live by, they are human like every other person they interact with and to pretend they are not causes us to don a lense that automatically puts police in a far less favourable light when studying or inquiring about their wrongdoings or misconduct. My travel through the relms of criminology guided me to this conclusion. I can say with confidence that my outlook on police would be accompinied by alot less understanding if my education was aimed toward understaning crime, police and the criminal justice system.