Police Corruption

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According to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy corruption is defined as the abuse of power by a public official for private gain. Police corruption is the abuse of power by a police officer for their own personal gain. Police officers become corrupt mainly for monetary gain because most feel that police officers do not make enough money and they want to make more. Police corruption can be costly to society and it can even violate the rights of society. Police corruption can show favoritism to some and unfairness to others. If the people of our society would ban together and stop thinking about themselves, then there could be a chance to eliminate the corruption caused by police. There are several kinds of police corruption; there are …show more content…
They witness defrauding insurance companies with false claims, obtainment of goods or services without payment, or a citizen lying to an officer to protect others. There are disparities between what is illegal and what the public expects to be enforced; victimless crimes such as gambling are condoned in some communities and treated lightly by those courts. Officers also can see their efforts marginalized by other agents in the criminal justice system and society. Authors Meier and Close (2003) explain it this way:
"Constant exposure to public immorality and the failure of the criminal justice system frequently create within police officers a cynical attitude toward their work and the general public. In the limitless encounters where the officer 's discretion is the basis for action, this cynicism may lead an officer to manipulate the law in the name of expediency or for personal gain." This cynicism is developed by a conflict in the role officers are to play. Officers feeling this way would not be inclined to report corruption.
The necessity of counting on a partner or other officers is paramount in police work. Loyalty and solidarity are crucial to safety and effectiveness because officers operate on the ethical fringes of society. Only other officers can truly understand the reactions of an officer who makes split-second decisions in an environment that has a great potential to turn violent at any time. Considerable leeway must be accorded police

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