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  • Level: GCSE
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Explain the need for discipline in at least two public services. Analyse the role of public service. Evaluate the application of the role of discipline in the public services."

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Task 1: "Explain the need for discipline in at least two public services. Analyse the role of public service. Evaluate the application of the role of discipline in the public services." Discipline: In Debra Gray's book: BTEC National Public Service (uniformed) Book 1: discipline is described as obedience to authority. Discipline is necessary in all of the Public Services as it moulds people's behaviour. It can do this in many ways such as causing fear of punishment, offering material rewards, or by offering opportunities if promotion. The main internet source of definitions I found was www.wikipedia.co.uk here I found definitions such as: ? A system of rules of conduct or method of practice; "he quickly learned the discipline of prison routine"; "for such a plan to work requires discipline"; ? the trait of being well behaved; "he insisted on discipline among the troops" ? the act of punishing; "the offenders deserved the harsh discipline they received" The dictionary definition of discipline is: control or order exercised over people or animals; system of rules for this; training or a way of life aimed at self control or conformity; branch of learning; punishment. Discipline can be used as any of the following: Deterrent: to stop people from doing something you don't want them to. For example to stop people from being late, if they know that disciplinary action will be taken they will be more unlikely to be late. Threat: by telling somebody what they are going to do to them if they don't do as they say. For example if one of your members of staff talks too much and doesn't get their tasks completed time effectively. You could say "if you don't improve dramatically I will sack you!. Control: discipline can also be used to manipulate and control how your staff members behave. For example telling a member of staff that if they do just as you say they will get far in the ranks. ...read more.


Be proficient in the use of computer equipment to record crimes, intelligence etc. Record details of missing persons, may undertake searches in the immediate vicinity 16. Be proficient in the use of everyday technical equipment, including radio, telephone, baton, handcuffs, breath testing device, riot shield, tape recording machines, computers etc 17. Ensure that the safe keeping and lawful disposal of any property that comes into their possession 18. Attend Scenes of sudden death and record details of Coroner, ensuring that all persons involved are dealt with in a caring and compassionate manner 19. To undergo Police instruction both in and out of classroom 20. Undertake any other duties that a Police Officer may be required to carry out. The Police Service in most areas tends to have very similar duties they are there to "Serve and Protect" the community. Each element of their work is crucial to keep people safe from each other. Police patrol our streets regularly; contrary to common belief this isn't done just to see if anyone is infringing the law, on many occasions the police officers are talking to each other in a quite relaxed manner one of the main reasons for the police patrolling the streets is to actually deter people from committing a crime, it is logical that if you for instance are wanting to attack someone you will do it in the way that is the most discreet for you, Not in a place where you are being observed and can be caught easily, seeing a figure of authority is more than likely going to make you think twice. The Police Service is involved in many activities, that I have not yet mentioned these are the following; ? Peace-keeping activities ? Dealing with conflict Peace-keeping activities: these aren't only carried out by soldiers when they go out to other countries to offer help and support in keeping violent activities at the lowest rate possible; which is what springs to mind when we think of peace-keeping. ...read more.


I was under the impression that it was a voluntary commitment but now I realise that it is not that easy to get out of. But I will use all avenues available." "People are very upset about being forced to go to war in these circumstances. They do not want to fight a war they don't believe in." Two of the soldier's colleagues in 217 Field Squadron - a man and a woman - have also sought exemption on moral grounds, after being given 12 days to report for duty or provide a valid reason for not doing so. All three have officially been excused from duty, though on the basis of objections from their employers. The reservists' attitude was criticised by former soldiers. Neil Griffiths, of the Royal British Legion in Scotland, said: "It comes down to them not having the stomach for going to war. They probably joined the TA because they enjoyed putting on a uniform at weekends and taking a two-week holiday in the sun with the lads. The TA makes up a quarter of the British Army and consists of 40,000 part-time volunteer soldiers. Members are expected to attend one night a week at their local centre and give up 30 days a year for training weekends and camps. Nearly 5,000 TA members have been sent call-up notices for Iraq and about 1,500 have already reported for duty. The MoD said that on average 20 per cent of reservists sought exemption but was unable to say on what grounds. "At this stage it is impossible to know how many, if any, of the exemptions were sought on the basis of conscientious objection," said a spokesman. This brings in to mind an important issue with discipline the TA is part of the Army, which in turn is well known for its high levels of discipline. ?? ?? ?? ?? Miriam Smith-Renieblas Discipline in the Public Services 1 ...read more.

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