Criminal justice is a field that is concerned with enforcing laws and maintaining order in society in a fair and just manner. Law enforcement officers face pressures such as high public trust, privileged access to evidence and criminals, protection of the brotherhood, and being on duty at all times. The role of law enforcer is coupled with the flexibility to use discretion based on the officer’s knowledge and experience, which may lead to ethical issues in the investigative process. It is important for law enforcement to understand, and not abuse, their role in society in order to create positive community interactions and to decrease potential conflict with sibling professions, such as forensic science.
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