Case Study Officer Robert Barton

Case Study: Officer Robert Barton






Case Study: Officer Robert Barton

In the police academy, the police officers usually take an oath after they are done with training, have understood the law and what is expected of them and when they have qualified for the position. They take an oath that makes them swear to respect and take heed of the relation they have with their colleagues. Officer Barton had his own goals which involved supporting that which was right. He was determined to promote peace and fight against crime in the community.

When Barton took the decision to associate with the cultures that had different values, attitudes and perspective, he began to adhere and associate with the group, becoming rooted to the ways of that group. He became comfortable doing things he did not believe in and supported a group whose moral values did not match to his. He felt he did not have a choice because he took an oath that encouraged the well being and development of the police department and not the individual. He found himself trapped in that life.

Cohesiveness in a group

According to (Garland, 2015), When a group of people associate with each other and build a relationship, they become close building a very close bond. This leads to cohesiveness in a group. When this happens it can influence a group positively or negatively. Mostly, it influences people negatively because generally people have different ways of reacting to certain situations thus might lead people to having different personalities which is not good in cohesiveness. People will tend to disagree on somethings leading to memberships being dissolved or leaderships being withdrawn.

Cohesiveness can be negative when it becomes too much and corrupts a person’s individual thinking, judgement and innovation. This usually occurs when a group focuses so much in having members agree in unison and acceptance. This usually discourages behaviors or habits either within the group or outside the group that poses a threat to the right to individual thinking and decision. This eventually creates unnecessary competition of a certain group against a certain person or people (Garland, 2015).


Generally, different policemen and women come from different cultures which have different believes and attitudes despite sharing the same job occupation. The job occupation of being a police officer have them distinguished as a certain subculture. Some of the police officers aim at fulfilling their personal code instead of their employee code, this makes new recruited officers fulfill the mental state of the police unit.

Police officers are held accountable of the safety of the society. They usually go through the same experiences in their line of work. Most communities might respect the work the police officers do and what they are all about but there are those that disagree. This thus have citizens who cooperate with the police and others who do not. In such cases, solving certain crime cases become very difficult.

Police administrator

HW More, GF Vito, WF Walsh, (2011) states that Tasks involved in controlling crimes involve either preventing it from happening or if it has a likelihood of happening, then reducing the chances of it happening. There are always approaches towards crimes from the police department like in corruption, it is encouraged that it prevents the chances of it occurring by all means, and therefore a set or policies and processes that discourage corruption at the state level should be recorded down and kept as reminder.

Another focus should be in having a controlled community. Where there should be general or routine supervision on police officers and pressure put on the managers in the police department and have them be held accountable for certain failures in the department to make them more vigilant and aggressive. These managers should be able to identify and dissolve the departments that support corruption.

Media and social media at General should be encouraged because they do not have specific departments that they support when it comes to corruption. Media is generally aimed at delivering truths to the people of the community. The media should be used to tell the tale truths of corruption and also show the repercussions of participating in corruption. Social media should also give the people an opinion to speak up on how they feel on matters that concern on corruption, thus giving people the voice.

There should be a set of organizations set aside to investigate, sort out their results and draw conclusions on matters concerning corruption as shared by (Walker & Archbold, 2013). These organizations should review the police officers and the department as a whole before drawing any conclusions. Any misconduct that has been forwarded and is being experienced in the department should be forwarded to them so that those allegations should be investigated.


C Garland, (2015), Group analysis, Taking the non-problem seriously

HW More, GF Vito, WF Walsh, (2011), Organizational behavior and management in law


SE Walker, CA Archbold, (2013), The new world of police accountability