CopsDoing Reverse Stings, Selling Drugs For Cash
Inthe recent years, sting operations have been among the currentprocedures that the police employ to respond to crimes. Most stingsend-up with police ambushes as it is evident from the video. Forexample, in the film, an undercover police officer is posing as adrug dealer, but the deal ends up in a dramatic and sudden increasein police officers who eventually arrest the drug buyers. Stingoperations are viewed as the processes through which the authoritiesmostly the police departments, facilitate an offense. For instance,in the video, the offense is drug selling. In this regard, there isan undercover officer who poses as a criminal so as to hold out baitand then prosecute whoever takes the bait. The lure in the video isthe drugs that the secret police is selling to the potential drugusers. The transactions are usually recorded on a tape or a camera soas to provide evidence that is beyond any reasonable doubt in thecourt. I view the reverse stings practices as unethical, and theyrisk the lives of both the officers and the criminals. The reversestings are also immoral because the police officers make money thatis not genuine by deceptions at the expense of arresting thecriminals. Besides, lives can be lost during the ambushes, especiallywhen the criminals fail to surrender and start firing back at theofficers. I do not agree with the practices because some officers cantake it as a profitable business opportunity, which is unethical.
ThePros of Law Enforcement Engaging In Reverse Stings
Thereverse stings facilitate the investigation and increase the chancesof arresting criminals. The undercover police who pose as criminalsplay a great role in the process of identifying the major offenders.Also, investigations are made easier by the evidence that is recordedon a tape or a camera. The proof is later used in the courts toprosecute the drug dealers (Ross, 2012).
Stingsoperations are advantageous because they improve the relationshipbetween civilians and the police forces (Ross, 2012). They boost theimage of police in the eyes of the public. Officers who arresthigh-profile criminals receive substantial affirmative publicity forapplying intelligent ways to catch scandalous individuals who deserveto be punished.
Furthermore,reverse stings operations are useful because they enhance the policepresence (Ross, 2012). The number of officers increases in areaswhere there are regular sting operations, especially in theneighborhoods that are believed to be the dens of criminals. Forexample, police officers are likely to be many in places that havebeen suspected to be the dens of drug dealers.
TheCons of Law Enforcement Engaging In Reverse Stings
Reversestings can be deemed as unethical mainly because of the technique ofdeception that they apply (Ross, 2012). Deception can be consideredas another way of lying, which is morally wrong. It is against thework ethics for someone to tell lies irrespective of the purpose fordoing so. It is even ethically worse if an individual holding apublic office like a police officer is the deceiver.
Also,the reverse stings are faced with entrapment issues whereby acriminal can use the “entrapment defense,” and argue that theofficers tricked him to commit a crime (Ross, 2012). In this regard,it is hard to evaluate whether an offender had the predisposition tocommit a crime or not. In addition, the officers can use excessiveenticement that can lure an individual to commit a crime.
Ross,J. I. (2012). Policingissues: Challenges and controversies.Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.