(UN)skilled Police officers

by Giants86 on November 7, 2016 - 4:43pm

The implementation of police officers provided by the United Nations (UN) has seen an increase in the past 50 years. The police officers oversaw many tasks such as to help restore peace when the major vote for independence in Australia was met by a spike in violence (2010 Mayer-Rieckh).  The UN has many missions that they try and push through that don’t always go as planned. It is seen that many of these missions are underfunded and as a result lack the resources needed to get the job done. As a result many of the missions often see that they don’t go as planned.  

Another issue that the UN sees in these missions is that many of the officers are under-trained (2010 Mayer-Rieckh). In many situations it is seen that some officers are better trained than others. The training required for all officers to have might not always create police officers that are fit for the job. This shows how the training may not be adequate enough for some people which may result in some requiring more training. This relates to our society today because it is often seen how many police officers that are more fit for the job that they are given. The only suitable way for an officer to gain the skills they require must not only be learned but practiced (2010 Mayer-Rieckh).  The officers that are new to the force often lack these skills because they do not have the practice that they required. This results in a learning process for the officer and the population does not see someone of skill who is suitable for the job. As seen in the police force in not only the UN but also in America there are many untrained cops who often lack the skills that are asked of them. The officers that are untrained could be pointed out by the public and the officer may not gain the respect from the civilians.  


Mayer-Rieckh, A. (2010). Time to be More Serious about Post-Conflict Police Development. S F Sicherheit & Frieden, 28(2), 81-88. doi:10.5771/0175-274x-2010-2-81 


This was an interesting post, to say the least. I'm particularly interested in topics concerning police work, especially given recent events in the states, so I decided to give your article a quick read. I was unaware of the fact that the U.N. was implementing police forces into other countries, which is nice because learning new things is always welcome. I can also certainly agree with the notion that police officers lack sufficient training, as we have witnessed several occurances of officers violating human rights in an attempt to "do what is right", and that just speaks volumes about just how knowledgeable they are about their jobs, or perhaps how much the officers respect the rules. On a racial standpoint, I theorize that there is perhaps also a lack of training at how to approach and "deal" with people of different races, as often times accidents and incidents happen due to racist or prejudiced misconceptions of an otherwise perfectly normal human being. It'd be an interesting subject to observe; how officers are taught to maybe put aside implicit or explicit racial biases in order to appropriately do their jobs.
I digress. This was a thought provoking post, although some concepts discussed within it were a little confusing and would need some elaborating, despite being a very good analysis/summary.
Great work.

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