Essay On Social Stigma

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The terrorist act that occurred on September 11, 2001 impacted the police mission in the United States. The main missions of policing in the United States are to: “enforce and support the laws of the society of which the police are a part, investigate crimes and apprehend offenders, prevent crime, help ensure domestic peace and tranquility, and provide the community with needed enforcement-related services” (Schmalleger, 2011, p. 178).
Police departments throughout the United States are prepared to deploy heavily armed police officers, who has specialized training in antiterrorism tactics, to provide security for a targeted region or section (Schmalleger, 2011). Although the focal points of the mission of police departments in the United
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Social stigma plays a vital role in police ethics. Social stigma is crucial to the advanced moral development and lawful behavior of police officers (Delattre, 2011). Stigma is the mark on an individual that symbolizes shame, dishonor, discredit, and disgrace (Delattre, 2011). A specific example from my reading, where social stigma played a role in furthering police corruption was in 1996 when Los Angeles police officers in the Rampart station’s Community resources against Street Hoodlums unit committed several physical crimes against citizens to include torture and murder, falsified reports, planted evidence on innocent citizens, while taking on the “thug code”. Police officers in the Rampart CRASH unit were not held accountable to departmental policies, regulations, or the law (Delattre, 2011). According to the reading, their supervisors either tolerated the wrongdoings of the officers or encouraged them to lie (Delattre, 2011). As a result of these heinous acts committed by the members of the CRASH units, social stigma played a role in reducing corruption because; Chief Bernard Parks of the Los Angeles Police Department demobilized all of the CRASH units (Delattre, 2011). Police officers are known to accept minor “perks” such as free coffee or meals and begin to slide toward accepting gratuities for which illegal …show more content…
The Code of Silence is in full force at all times and it says that under no circumstances will officers discuss departmental business with outsiders nor will one officer “snitch” on another officer (Miller & More, 2011). The Code of Silence coerces officers to cover up police misconduct, corruption, unprofessional behavior, or crimes committed by other officers, even when the crime is an action they disagree with (Miller & More, 2011). Peer group secrecy is a breeding ground for covering up corruption. Basically other officers accept the illegal behavior of their co-workers and go above and beyond with keeping it a secret, being loyal to them, and often have the “it’s us against the world” mentality (Miller & More, 2011). Regardless of the increase corruption and social stigma that exists in law enforcement agencies, police officers must make a good faith effort to uphold the law and meet the high standards that their badge represents and job duties call for. If the supervisor fails to impose disciplinary actions against any corrupt activity that is occurring within the department, corruption and police misconduct will increase (Miller & More,

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