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Corruption in Police Departments

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Selah Melig, MS (#111159)

This book describes everything you need to know about corruption within police departments. The purpose of this eBook is to present the issue of corruption within police departments in an easy to read format, specific for students that are studying law, psychology, sociology, and criminal justice. In this eBook you will learn about the bad apple perspective, the bad barrel perspective, different types of police corruption, motivation for an officer?s misconduct, and the efforts in place and in review to reduce/eliminate corruption. The references included in this eBook are essential to know for any student within the criminal justice field, and are helpful guides for future reading and referencing

This book is ideal for psychology, sociology, law, and criminal justice undergraduate students. It is a useful reference guide for writing on the topic of corruption, and provides an understanding of corruption in police departments and the research designed to study this corruption and combat it.

An Introduction to Corruption in Police Departments

Corruption in law enforcement has been persistent, and it continues to be a serious problem within many police departments (McCafferty, Souryal, & McCafferty 1998). Researchers have studied many different aspects of police misconduct includingThere is an overwhelming amount of literature regarding police misconduct and it has been divided up into different types of categories that misconduct can be classified in as well as and different types of corruption (Barker 1996; Bonifacio 1991; Punch 1985), explanations or causes for an officer s misconduct (Barker 1996; Delattre 1994; Dunham and Alpert 2001; Sechrest and Burns, 1992), and descriptions of unethical or other misbehavior by officers (Barker 1996; Bonifacio 1991; Delattre 1994).

With so much information available, this eBook provides a condensed version for students. The information available in this book is useful not only for the classroom environment, but for public service departments as well. This eBook is handy for everyone, and it is written in an easy to understand format and easy to read reference source.

This eBook will inform the reader aboutCorruption is present when there is lots of power associated with the role given to an individual. This is the case for many instances of corruption in police departments, and the cause is mainly a consequence of ungoverned, self-regulated power.

The extent of corruption in police departments is a controversial subject, and there are some researchers that report an overwhelming amount of corruption, and there are other researchers that report very little corruption. While both groups of researchers agree that there is an instance for corruption in police departments, neither group can pin point exactly how much or how little corruption is present. This is because the only way to gather this information is through the study and questioning of police officers and their management. Researchers cannot be certain of the quality of their research subject s honesty when corrupt behavior is in question.

This brings the issue of corruption in police departments to the forefront of many research projects from an academic standpoint as many students and experts of law, psychology, and criminal justice attempt to form a system to measure, treat, and prevent corrupt behavior in police departments.

The importance of this subject to researchers is not lost on police departments, as there are cases where police officers involved in corrupt behavior are punished by losing their job, being the subject at disciplinary hearings, and/or being held in a civil lawsuit. However, there is a certain protection given to officers, regardless of their corrupt actions or behavior that is granted by the Garrity Rule. Officers that are protected by the Garrity Rule are not be prosecuted in a criminal case because of the information gathered by an internal investigation or because of self-incriminating confessions.

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Corruption.

Measuring Corruption.

The Bad Apple Perspective of Corruption.

The Bad Barrel Perspective of Police Corruption.

Research to Reduce/Eliminate Corruption.

This eBook is designed to put together the major research efforts done in the field of police corruption in an pick apart different sources of literature for the reader and present the information in an easy to digest format. This eBook will explore the concept of corruption in law enforcement from two perspectives: the bad apple perspective versus the bad barrel perspective, and the efforts in place to prevent or control corruption through individual and social means. With so much information available, this eBook provides a condensed version for students. The information available in this book is useful not only for the classroom environment, but for public service departments as well. This eBook is handy for everyone, and it is written in an easy to understand format and easy to read reference source.

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Selah Melig, MS

Active since May 2012

Selah is a recent graduate who has a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from Texas State University. She lives on ten acres and enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband while he slow smokes the best brisket in Texas. Selah has a passion for tutoring students and helps everyone regardless of their age. Her youngest students are kindergardeners and her eldest students are crowned with gray hair. Selah does her best to relate to everyone regardless of their level of education or age and works to encourage her students to be passionate about learning.

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