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Logically in perspective of discretion can be defined as the authority granted by law to agencies and officials to act on their own considered judgment or judgments as well as the conscience in certain situations and each area of the legal system judges parliament and law enforcement having its own discretion However with police discretion it is the granted ability by the legal system to police offices in certain situations to act in a manner that allows authorities to make responsible choices and decisions or judgments within certain legal bounds In law enforcement discretion is left up to each individual officer to make reasonable and responsible decisions out in the field everyday Beech 2008 Discretion is used in many situations such as when an officer chooses to stop a vehicle for a small traffic violation or an unexpected problem that has occurred There are also times when the officer has no choice but to use specific discretion in certain situations and make a decision on what type of force is necessary for certain situations Elicker 2007 Society believes that an officer can make any choice he or she chooses at anytime while on the job which is highly incorrect as there are many situations when an officer has no choice but to follow the law For the most part every officer has a choice when to use or not to use discretion and enforce the law but allowing this choice to be made by individuals who may seem like an average member of society can pose a real threat regarding the misuse of such power Delattre 2006 Police discretion relates to decisions about whether or not a charge of the police officer in that situation where force or protection of an officer may be required Police officers are given a wide range of options when confronted by a potentially dangerous situation They can decide to use capsicum spray to try and distract an offender
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