Causes Of Police Corruption

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Exploring Causes of Police Corruption
Police officers are meant to be seen as protectors of the peace. Lately, they have been seen as the corruptors of the peace. The ones who want to put us away, possibly for life. This has put a nonstop stress on many, who are involved with such officers. It’s not always good to point fingers, but without knowing why police officers do this, we cannot fix it. Trusting the ones who protect us is one of the biggest issues in our society. We have to assume that the police force is going to do the right thing no matter what because if we assume the opposite, then we lose our protectors. The three main matters that cause corruption among police officers deals with their individual personality differences, an individual’s
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They are asked to succumb to background checks and psych evaluations to determine if they are fit to serve the people. According to author Hoon Lee and others, the background check is used for identifying their criminal activity, the people they associate with, their job history, and their home lives (387). The psych evaluation determines if they have any mental illness, either within their immediate family, or secondary family. This evaluation also looks at specific personality traits that could later lead to corruption among the ranking officers such as, questionable behavior, and anger …show more content…
Commissioners and Chiefs are supposed to maintain their ranks, but they do not have the ability to control their every action. If reform does not persist among officers here in the U.S. they will start to be seen as enemies, just like the Nigerian police are perceived by their citizens. Corresponding with what author Daniel Agbiboa said, “No government agency in the country is criticized more than the Nigerian Police Force.” (96). On the other hand, we also need to see that criminal behavior occurs all over the world, perhaps even more severely than anywhere has reported yet. To believe that what we know now is the only evidence of police corruption in the world would be ignorant. Hoon Lee and his cowriters said, there have been multiple reports of misconduct in Croatia, Slovenia, and Poland

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