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In this week’s readings I have learned that Henry Fielding from Westminster, England can be credited with laying the foundation for the first modern police force in 1748. The first metropolitan police force was started in New York City in 1845 because of the fear of crime and social disintegration (Inciardi, 2010 p. 148). As America moved west, most frontier towns had a sheriff who was the chief law enforcement official. The Sheriff could be recruited from the community or selected by his reputation whether good or bad. Today the Sheriff still exist and serves in ...view middle of the document...

In my thirteen years serving as a Military Police Officer I have encountered many situations in which myself and my Soldier’s had to use discretion and/or selective enforcement, that’s why it is called officer discretion. While I was assigned as a patrolman in Hawaii, my Soldier’s and I had setup a DUI checkpoint in a high traffic area and an entrance to a military housing area. During our checkpoint a vehicle had approached us with 3 occupants, upon approaching the driver you could smell the presence of alcohol so we had the driver pull the vehicle to the side of the road. After questioning the driver he stated that he hadn’t been drinking and that he was the designated driver, we could’ve believed that he was telling the truth and just let him go but instead we administered a few FST’s (Field Sobriety Test’s) in which it appeared that he had passed. The FST is not 100% accurate and we believed the driver was drinking so we advised him of his Miranda Rights and got consent to administer a breathalyzer test at which time he registered a .09 which is above the legal limit. So to make a long story short, I could’ve used officer’s discretion and let the person go based on the fact that he had passed the field sobriety test and him verbally stating that he was the designated driver.

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