Corruption Issues in Modern Policing Term Paper by Nicky

A brief review of the slippery slope concept and public corruption theories.
# 150066 | 723 words | 2 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Jan 24, 2012 in Criminology (General) , Ethics (General)

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The paper outlines the slippery slope concept and explains its application in the field of police corruption. The paper then explains three public corruption theories, specifically, Wilson's society at large hypothesis, Niederhoffer's structural or affiliation hypothesis and the rotten apple hypothesis.

The Slippery Slope Concept
Public Corruption Theories

From the Paper:

"However, even small gratuities can precipitate ethical problems such as where the restaurant owner who has been furnishing minor gratuities requests special consideration in the realm of the enforcement duties of the officers involved. He may request that a marked patrol unit "just keep an eye on the place around closing time" or that daytime patrols "take it easy on my customers who have to double park for a minute." Where officers who show up at closing time to provide extra security or make allowances for double parked customers begin receiving their meals for free, they have descended further down the slope and increased their risk of slipping down even further.
"Generally, the initiation of any form of quid pro quo arrangement (whether by design or simply through natural progression) is extremely dangerous to the integrity of law enforcement personnel precisely because there is often no bright line distinguishing appropriate and inappropriate relationships. Ironically, the transfer of gratuities may change the character of certain occurrences where no problem would have existed otherwise. In the previous example, there would not necessarily be any ethical problem with a restaurant owner asking patrol officers to pass by his business at closing time, especially when it is within their geographic area of authority. However, the same request in conjunction with any gratuity creates an inference that the two are related and therefore raises slippery slope concerns."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Delattre, E. (2006). Character and Cops: Ethics in Policing. Washington, DC: American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research.
  • Schmalleger, F. (2008). Criminal Justice Today: An Introductory Text for the 21st Century. Hoboken, NJ: Prentice Hall.

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