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Police discretion is essential to the success of the individual officer. Discretion determines the
officer’s actions and modes of responsibility.
· Read the Use of Force scenario
Write a 350- to 700-word response in which you evaluate the officer’s use of discretion by
answering the following:
Define discretion in your own words.
Explain why discretion is exercised in your own words.
Identify how the officer exercised discretion in the scenario.
Identify the factors influencing the officer’s discretion.
In your opinion, did the officer use the appropriate course of action based on the principles of
police discretion described in the text? Explain your answer.
Explain how discretion is controlled. What strategies may be implemented to ensure appropriate
use of discretion?
Format your response according to APA standards.

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