Law Enforcement- Address the following 5 questions in 900-1200 words- Due 7/13


Law enforcement officers are tasked with the responsibility of keeping citizens in their community safe from criminal activity.  This includes ensuring that the rights of individuals are not violated.


Assignment Guidelines:

Ø  check answer to question 1 for accuracy,

Ø  answer questions 2,3,4,5.

Ø  Be sure to support your position

Ø  reference all sources using APA format (need at least 2)



1). Briefly summarize the rules of procedure found in the 4th, 5th, 6th, & 14th Amendments


     The 4th Amendment permits law enforcement agencies to examine things that are in basic sight of an individual that is accused of a crime, one that has been detained, and anything within the suspects’ reach, or any suspicious property, which might cause harm (, 2013). The 5th Amendment necessitates that without a grand jury investigation, a legal resident cannot be charged with a serious criminality. Furthermore, the 5th Amendment prohibits double jeopardy (, 2013).   It likewise provides that a person does not have to bear witness against herself/ himself.  The right to remain silent and the right to have counsel present are also stated in the 5th Amendment; police departments must issue forth the “Miranda Rights” upon apprehension, to help prevent involuntary or unintentional declarations of guilt. The 4th and 5th Amendments sustain that any illegally collected evidence cannot be utilized in a legal action (, 2013). The guarantee of the 6th Amendment is a person’s right to have an attorney, even if a person cannot afford one (, 2013). In the 5th and 14th Amendments in the U. S. Constitution, it states that no person will be deprived of "life, liberty, or property, without due process of law..." (, 2013).

2).  Do you agree that for police to take action, their response must be just, and that they must recognize the rights of individuals while at the same time holding them accountable for their actions as defined by law?  Support your position.

3). Have the courts provided adequate protection to citizens against officers who have exceeded their authority?  Explain.

4). in what areas of search and seizure do you feel that the courts have not gone far enough?  Support your position.

5). in which areas do you feel that the courts have gone too far?  Support your position.




References (2013). Crime and Due Process, American Government Online Textbook.

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