Bribery Among Law Enforcement Officers Essay

1962 Words Apr 15th, 2015 8 Pages
Bribery Among Law Enforcement Officers

James Andrews

Dr. Lubinski

Slippery Rock University

Introduction What is one profession centered on the protection and preservation of society? Police officers take an oath to do exactly that, protect and preserve society for those who cannot do so. There are approximately 900,000 police officers in the United States (National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund), compared to the population of approximately 320 million people (United States Census Bureau). Police officers have very stressful jobs that include long hours, working in “the spotlight”, lack of support, exposed to death, and finally their health and safety can be threatened everyday on the job. Due to the high nature of stress in law enforcement, one would assume that they would be properly paid for their services and sacrifices. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the range of pay for a local police officer is from $26,600 to 49,500 (BJS, 2008). When looking at the lower end of that spectrum, $26,000 is not a whole lot of money and some police officers find other ways to make money, often times it consists of illegal activity on the job. Police officers are just like any other profession, in that there are some individuals who use their authority inappropriately. It is important to keep in mind that not all police officers are bad, just like not all accountants or lawyers are bad. Police officers have…

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