The United States has more than 18000 law enforcement agencies which contain an
average of 750000 police officers who bear the responsibility of protecting and serving the
community. Even though a majority of these officers serve with high levels of integrity and
honesty there are rampant cases of police misconduct that bedevil these agencies. The aim of
section 14141 of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1944 established with
the primary aim of providing control over such acts and reducing cases of police misconduct to a
minimum by amending police practices and patterns.
The existence of consent decrees within a police department and in States which
established them after they were established in 1994 had a lower level of litigation lawsuits to a
level of 36%. On the contrary, litigation lawsuits tend to rise once the decree for consent list up
and this also shows that states that have no consent decrees have higher cases of litigation. This
goes a long way to prove that consent decrees significantly reduce the number of litigation cases
against police officers and therefore improve the conduct of the police force by a huge measure.
One of the major limitations of consent decrees is that they are very expensive amounting
to up to $10 Million in cities such as New Orleans. Much of this cost Goes into activities such as
training and monitoring police officers to reduce the cases of police misconduct. Despite the high
costs of training police officers to reduce cases of police misconduct the benefits a police
department Cancun from reduced misconduct compared to multimillion-dollar settlements is
minimal. It is therefore a good price to pay for the greater good of maintaining public trust in the
A cost-benefit analysis of the effect of consent decrees on the police department and the
entire police force reveals that they are effective also in maintaining public trust. Reducing cases
of police misconduct goes a long way in ensuring that the public maintains its Trust on the police
force in preventing crime and maintaining Law and Order. This works significantly well in
ensuring that there is a complete reduction in the cases of lack of public trust in the police force.
It completely ensures continued cooperation between the public and members of the police force
which does well for the entire good of the public.
Summarily, it is appropriate that the police department's employed the use of consent
decrees to significantly reduce cases of police misconduct that have been on the rise in recent
years. Consent decrees are certainly very expensive but the effect of retraining police officers to
maintain good conduct goes beyond the possible repercussions of police misconduct and helps in
maintaining public trust in the police force. This situation goes a long way in ensuring that this
continued effective cooperation between police officers and the public in maintaining Law and
Order over the long term.
Alpert, G. P., McLean, K., & Wolfe, S. (2017). Consent Decrees. Police Quarterly, 20(3),