Corruption in Law Enforcement Research Paper by davis

Corruption in Law Enforcement
An exploration of the corruption and general misconduct present within law enforcement agencies.
# 118957 | 3,909 words | 12 sources | APA | 2010 | CA
Published on Mar 18, 2010 in Criminology (General) , Ethics (General)

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This paper discusses the many examples of corruption experienced in police agencies throughout the United States, such as the involvement in the drug industry, violence, racial bias and brutality. The paper examines the symptoms within law enforcement culture that influence the level of susceptibility of officers to engage in corruption and misconduct. In its conclusion, the paper outlines some attempts by legislature and administrators to curb corruption and regain public trust in law enforcement.

The Growth of Corruption in Law Enforcement
Corruption for Personal Gain
Corruption to Gain a Conviction
Interpersonal Misconduct Violations
Factors Influencing Agency Susceptibility to Corruption
Leadership Styles and their Impact on Corruption

From the Paper:

"Methods of identifying and controlling corruption and misconduct within the ranks of law enforcement have been the focus of legislators, academia, and administrators for over a century (Steinberg, 2007). Several factors influence the sustainability and growth of corruption in law enforcement over time. For example, police involvement in the unauthorized global manufacturing and distribution of drugs, brutal treatment of suspects to gain a confession and in many cases wrongful convictions, and evidence tampering and theft. Forms of misconduct such as the unequal distribution of police resources within a community debilitate public trust (Huberts, Kaptein, & Lasthuizen, 2007)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Chermak, S., McGarrell, E., & Gruenewald, J. (2006). Media coverage of police misconduct and attitudes toward police. Policing. 29(2), p.261.
  • De Angelis, J., & Kupchik, A. (2007). Citizen oversight, procedural justice, and officer perceptions of the complaint investigation process. Policing. 30(4), p.651.
  • Del Pozo, B. (2005). One dogma of police ethics: Gratuities and the Demcratic Ethos of policing. Criminal Justice Ethics. 24(2), 25-47.
  • Huberts, L. W. J. C., Kaptein, M., & Lasthuizen, K. (2007). A study of the impact of three leadership styles on integrity violations committed by police officers. Policing. 30(4), 587.
  • Joh, E. E., (2009). Breaking the law to enforce it: Undercover police participation in crime. Standford Law Review. 62(1), 155-199.

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