Effects Of Deviance In Police

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Police work in general pose the potential for gradual deterioration of ethics and an increased sense of deviance, which leaves the opening for the "dark" side of criminal justice involving putting up with conditions of deviant behaviors. Although police deviance can range out with a broader spectrum then police corruption, it still includes all acts that are inconsistent with norms, values, and ethics. This corruption leads to the misuse of authority, which leads to personal gain. Deviance in a police force is bad because it undermines the integrity of policing as a whole which then leads too hiring and training candidates in the same manner that leads to issues, such as the rotten-apple argument; an officer alone is deviant and it was simply…show more content…
Police subculture can sometimes hinder the development of ethics and integrity, which can prevent the existence of it or be a way to spread it throughout a department. Senior officers may test new officers, and may see how amiable recruits are to accepting gratuities. The free cup of coffee is the example most often used, and it is held that once officers engage in minor illegal or corrupt behavior, they find it easier to do more. Although, little things such as a free coffee are considered fringe benefits of the job, they violate the Code of Ethics because they involve financial reward or gain, and they are corruption because the officer has been placed in a compromising position where favors can be reasonably expected in the future. This misconduct and wrongdoing violates standards usually set down in departmental policies and procedures, for good reasons, that the employee may or may not be cognizant of. Misconduct is bad because it leaves the public free to speculate and draw generalizations about the profession of policing as a…show more content…
Agencies adequately must screen candidates and hire the most conscientious ones because they have a higher degree of integrity”; the key initiatives the article mentions to reduce corruption among police officers as departments hire new individuals include adding more leaders or supervisors to watch over a growing force, as well as, receiving training and a large quantity of rules and regulations and are entrusted to perform their normal day-to-day duties within those guidelines. These leaders should focus heavily on ethics and integrity, and by making unethical behavior a focus to reduce, and focusing on expanding training hours with greater involvement in ethics training at all levels of the
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