Within our police system in America, there are gaps and loopholes that give leeway to police officials who either abuse the authority given to them or do not represent the ethical standards that they are expected to live up to by society. Because of the nature of police work, there is a potential for deterioration of these ethical and moral standards through deviance, misconduct, corruption, and favoritism. Although these standards are set in place, many police officers are not held accountable for their actions and can easily get by with the mistreatment of others because of their career title. While not every police abuses his or her power, the increasingly large percentage that do present a problem that must be recognized by the public as well as those in charge of police departments throughout our country. Police officials are abusing their power and authority through three types of misconduct known as malfeasance, misfeasance, and nonfeasance and these types are being overlooked by management personnel who rarely intervene even though they know what is happening.
Both high school and college play a crucial role in effective police work; as a result, police officers with an academic background get fewer complaints and less disciplinary action. Higher education can increase chances of employment. People applying to police departments can require a high school diploma as a minimum, but they prefer a degree. Having a degree gives an applicant a better chance of getting hired than an applicant with a high school diploma ("Detailed Description for Job #11-9550."). "Studies, Case Law, Quotes, Standards and Trends in Support of a College Education for Police Officers" says that more and more police departments are requiring applicants to have a college degree.
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