The Code of Silence: Breeding Ground for Corruption
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The paper discusses the code of silence in law enforcement agencies that ensures officers cover up a wide range of illegal and/or unethical actions and practices. The paper describes how this creates a breeding ground for corruption within the various units and agencies since an officer with low seniority/tenure will hesitate to report abuses if he wishes to advance in his career. The paper also mentions the practical concerns this causes with the external efficacy of the various agencies. The paper contends that the ethics of law enforcement demand that officers be held accountable, and hold each other accountable, for any and all misconduct.
From the Paper:"In addition to the public concerns created by this unofficial code of silence among law enforcement personnel, it also provides a breeding ground for corruption within the various units and agencies affected. When illegal and/or unethical practices and other grievances go unaired and unacknowledged, both by lower-level officers and personnel and by their superiors even in the higher echelons of government, it provides encouragement to other officers to perform the same actions and to utilize the same practices, or at least assures them that they, too, will not meet with punishment or even recognition of their wrongdoing. The true effect of the code of silence is hugely detrimental to law enforcement in general due to such corruption.
"One major factor in the issue of the law enforcement code of silence is gender. From subtle misogynistic tendencies observable in almost every law enforcement agency and unit ever studied to instances of outright sexual harassment and misconduct, including rape, women in many law enforcement agencies are forced to endure working conditions that are vastly different from those of their male counterparts, and are expected to remain quiet about it (Fletcher 1995; Smith & Yarussi 2007). The code of silence is at work in such situations in two complex and interrelated ways."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Fletcher, C. (1995). Breaking and entering: Women cops break the code of silence to tell their stories from the inside. New York: Pocket Books.
- Rothwell, G. & Baldwin, J. (2007). "Whistle-blowing and the code of silence in police agencies." Crime & delinquency 53, pp. 605-32.
- Smith, B. & Yarussi, J. (2007). Breaking the code of silence. Washington, D.C.: American University College of Law.
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