Three Causes Of Police Corruption

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Police corruption is a form of police misconduct in which law enforcement officers, such as police, break their social contract and abuse their power for personal or department gain. "For a corrupt act to occur, three distinct elements of police corruption must be present simultaneously: 1) misuse of authority, 2) misuse of official capacity, and 3) misuse of personal attainment" (PoliceCrimes.com, 2004). Police corruption is one of oldest and most persistent problem in American policing. Although it has a broad definition, it can mean any major form of police wrongdoing and improper behavior. There are several factors that can contribute to police corruption including rapid hiring of personnel, civil service and union protections that make …show more content…
Grass-eaters are not aggressive but will accept gratuities from contractors, tow-truck operators, gamblers, and the like. There are two theories which suggest and explanation to police corruption. The first theory is the "rotten apple" theory which suggests corruption is the result of having a few bad apples who probably had character defects prior to employment. The second is the "environmental" theory which suggests that corruption is more the result of widespread politically corrupt …show more content…
Technology now allows us to easily publicize incidents such as police brutality. Police brutality is both fault of the officers and the community. It seems like an ongoing cycle because the community will riot against police causing police to take extreme measures in order to take the riots down which leads the community to act violently against police which again leads police to act violently back. But events of police brutality cause the people of our communities to doubt and fear our police. This also cause people to not trust our police just how they would with any other act of police corruption with the exception that these events we can witness them and there are some corruption actions committed by police that we, the community, do not get to witness which in my opinion is

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