Frank Serpco Police Corruption

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The definition of Police corruption is a specific form of police misconduct designed to obtain financial gain, other personal gain, or career advancement for a police officer or officers in exchange for not pursuing, or selectively pursuing, an investigation or arrest. One common form of police corruption is taking bribes in exchange for not reporting organized drug or prostitution rings or other illegal activities. Another example is police officers misusing the police code of conduct in order to secure convictions of suspects — for example, through the use of falsified evidence. Often police officers may deliberately and systematically be involved in organized crime themselves. In most large cities such as…show more content…
Frank Serpico retired from the NYPD in 1972 after receiving the Medal of Honor for his actions. In 1973 a movie was made about the story of Frank Serpico portrayed by Al Pacino and the events that led up to one of the largest findings of police corruption in U.S. history. The movie truly opens eyes in regards of “dirty cops”. As a Ivy tech criminal justice student I thought it was an excellent movie because it really shows how a police officer can still maintain his or hers honesty and integrity even in the face of adversity and turmoil. Serpico probably knew his life was in danger but he still held his head up and kept his composure and did the right thing. Even after he was almost murdered he still went on with the investigation and still spoke out against police corruption. During the movie during the part where he received 300 dollars and refused to just keep it as his own instead he went to his superior about it and it was just blown under the rug come to find out it was money that cops were routinely extorting from local criminals. Another part of the movie that really interested me is the Serpico busted a guy undercover for a proposed drug deal and when the guy was brought back to the station for booking and everything else Serpico comes back in the office to find this criminal he just busted laughing and joking with lots of fellow officer and come to find out the criminal was a “cop
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