What is a police officer's job?

I looked up on Google and the description cannot be correct based on a Supreme Court ruling it's not their job to protect you.

Even though if you look up on Google what their job and duty is it says to protect people and property that's not their job

So what is the police officer's job

Update:

I know they give tickets and make arrests  but the Supreme Court ruling made it seem like they don't have an obligation to offer the services that are considered enforcing the laws

Which would mean they technically do not have to arrest a criminal that is currently committing a crime

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  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago
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    Running after criminals while eating donuts.

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  • 4 weeks ago

    Their job is to put you in jail...plain and simple.  

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  • 4 weeks ago

    To stop crime. Which PROTECTS you.

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  • Ann
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    When a police officer is sworn in as a graduate of a police academy, part of the oath is he/she promises to "serve and protect" the public.  They absolutely do protect property from being looted or burglarized, and they protect people from crime by patrolling in neighborhoods. Some examples of this occurred here this past year  1) when we had a huge tornado here in Dallas (TX) that destroyed a large section of the city.  Several banks were in the path of the storm, and in the aftermath, officers were assigned to guard the bank properties 24 hrs. a day to keep looters away, and 2) when there is a march or demonstration held, officers are dispatched to stand by and protect the marchers/demonstrators from being injured or harassed.  Officers were on hand to protect marchers on 11 different occasions in 2019.  And they do apprehend and arrest people who are in the act of committing a crime if they come upon the scene on time. That is their service to the public--to keep criminals from being successful and/or to get them away from people they can hurt or kill by seeing that they are arrested for crimes that have been committed.

    • So it's their job to protect things but not people 

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  • 4 weeks ago

    I DO NOT BELIEVE even Google stated their job is to protect property. It is to ENFORCE the law. Those are NOT the same.

    You say "hey don't have an obligation to offer the services that are considered enforcing the laws".

    I don't know what services you are referring to, but that sentence violates the definitions of the words used.

    Which would mean they technically do not have to arrest a criminal that is currently committing a crime

    That isn't even CLOSE to what the Supreme Court said.

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  • Bruce
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    What you read on a department's official website is probably most accurate. A Supreme Court decision on accountability does not change that. 

    What you read on Google is pretty much a matter of that person's opinion. 

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  • 4 weeks ago

    It is not their job, according to the Supreme Court, to protect individual citizens except for a few clearly identified individuals (politicians, mostly). Their job is to protect the general population.

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  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    “Never there when you need one”.  However, well trained to investigate a crime, provide material evidence to present to courts, arrest violators and criminals with warrants, car chases, domestic violence calls, traffic incidents, crowd control, and other associated duties.

    • out2lunch4now2
      Lv 7
      4 weeks agoReport

      Do you have any idea what cops do all day while on patrol?  Have you ever bothered to ride along and see?  Maybe you think there should be a cop on every front porch.

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  • 4 weeks ago

    It’s their jobs to shoot and kill people for no apparent reason. 

  • To enforce the law.  That's about it.

    • Yeah but the Supreme Court ruling made it seem like it isn't their job to enforce the law or protect people as they don't owe the citizens and obligation of that

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