policing discuss the significance that case law and various legislative acts have on police recruting and hiring practices. what are some of the implications departments may face if they do not adhere to these practices?

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In addition to hiring practices as others have discussed, my first thought was actually about the actions of recruits, cadets or trainees while they are being trained. At what point do they take the full responsibility of police officers, and who is responsible for their actions?
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The main "implications" that are faced are 1) the possibility of law suits and 2) the possibility of poor relations with minority communities that they "serve."  Police departments today have to be very aware of their hiring and recruitment practices if they wish to avoid these things.

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I am assuming that police departments, like other governmental agencies, are expected to be very careful not to discriminate, in hiring, on the basis of sex, gender, race, national origin, religion, etc. Ideally, police departments should consist of qualified individuals from a representative range of backgrounds.

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