Police Corruption Analysis

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Being a police officer is a constant test of a person’s will power and morality. They are faced with many different obstacles and advances that they must on a daily basis. Many of the obstacles they face have to deal with corruption. Corruption lead to the development of the Knapp Commission, there are many different types and reason that corruption occurs, and the presence of corruption affects the persona of law enforcement. The affects that corruption has on law enforcement must be understood in order to end it. First up is the Knapp Commission. It was “created in 1970 by New York City Mayor John V. Lindsay in response to a series of articles in the New York Times detailing organized, widespread police corruption in New York City” (Dempsey …show more content…
By the time the Knapp Commission final report was released in 1972, their hearings uncovered corruption in the form of gambling and narcotics to probation and the sale of information (Dempsey & Frost, 2014). This commission strived to improve and restore the reputation of those who were apart of the NYPD. Next, are the types of police corruption, the reasons why officers indulge in corruption, and the ways it affects those they work with and their families. There are many different types and forms of corruption that officers can be a part of. One of the most common types is known as gratuities and occurs when officers receive items or services for free or at a cheaper price than normal (Dempsey & Frost, 2014). Though it is a common occurrence for restaurants to offer officers free food or drinks, it can still be seen as a version of corruption because, even though the officers may not realize it, those giving them the items my want something in return. The most common form of corruption is known as bribes. Bribes can occur when “the payment of money or other …show more content…
This is how the public sees police officers. Many people do not see police officers in the best of light. This is largely due to the large amount of corruption that has surrounded law enforcement agencies since their inception. If a person has only heard stories of police taking bribes and assaulting those they are charged with protecting, they are less likely to see police officers in a good light. Though it is not always fair, most people base their opinions on a group of people on either very limited interactions or isolated encounters. Being a police officer is not an easy job. Along with risking their lives to protect the community that they live in, they also have to deal with corruption. To handle the corruption, there have been entities such as the Knapp Commission put in place and when it comes to corruption, there must also be taken into account the types and forms of police corruption and who they affect as well as the persona of law enforcement. These are just a few of the way the corruption affects the community and law enforcement agencies. It must be understood for it to be

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