In several countries, corruption involving the police not only exists but could potentially become customary. A study of corruption was performed focusing particularly on the Rampart scandal. The Rampart scandal refers to prevalent corruption of the anti-gang unit in the LAPD’s Rampart division, in the late 1990s. The study suggested that certain forms of corruption may be the standard, rather than the exception, especially in American policing. This can be easily proven due to the vast amount of corruption that occurred in the prohibition era, the officers would look the other way for bootleggers and in turn received a gratuity of illegal liquor.
Corruption in the police force has long been recognized, and condemned, by politicians. Often it revolves around an entire sum demanded of junior officers by their superiors as a sort of protection money. In turn these low-ranking officers demand monies from the public in return for turning a blind eye to infractions, real or invented. The code of silence among the police is what holds this corruption together so well. What really seems to worry the authorities, though, is the country's growing reputation as a haven for active and retired criminals and as a place where the police force is less a solution to the crime problem than a part of it.
Conclusion Police misconduct for personal gains for money, for promotion, and for any material exchange undeniably has become one of the most common stories that features police corruption. The unethical conducts that include the powers and influences of fraud and bribery opened good business to some police officers at the cost of eroding public trust and massive financial and economic losses. Police corruption could be hardly eradicated but the police agencies have been trying to resolve the issue and win back the eroding public trust. The issue cannot just be blamed on natural personal inclination of becoming bad cop but the police agency system also has big rules to share. Indeed police corruption is a costly malady that plagued the police in America.
Corruption may involve profit or another type of material benefit gained illegally as a consequence of the officer's authority. Typical forms of corruption include bribery, extortion, receiving or fencing stolen goods, and selling drugs. The term also refers to patterns of misconduct within a given police department or special unit, particularly where offenses are repeated with the acquiescence of superiors or through other ongoing failure to correct them,” (Law Library). The different forms of corruption can vary from moderate to severe depending on the nature of the corrupt officer to the person they are exploiting. A more moderate form of bribery would be a police officer accepting money in... ... middle of paper ... ...osed, citizens become untrusting of legal authority and the credibility of the department is compromised.
Police corruption is a complex phenomenon, which does not readily submit to simple analysis. It is a problem that has and will continue to affect us all, whether we are civilians or law enforcement officers. Since its beginnings, may aspects of policing have changed; however, one aspect that has remained relatively unchanged is the existence of corruption. An examination of a local newspaper or any police-related publication on any given day will have an article about a police officer that got busted committing some kind of corrupt act. Police corruption has increased dramatically with the illegal cocaine trade, with officers acting alone or in-groups to steal money from dealers or distribute cocaine themselves.
Local and state authorities in 32 other jurisdictions are either engaged in active investigations or prosecutions of dirty cops (Johnson,1998) . FBI Director Louis J. Freeh has stated: "The insidious nature of police corruption inherently undermines the confidence of the American people in one of the basic tenets of democracy that law enforcement officers will honestly and fairly protect and serve the citizens to whom they answer. The selfish and deceitful acts of a few cannot be allowed to impugn the integrity of the law enforcement profession." (U.S. Department of Justice,1998). The existence of police corruption in society raises many important questions.
The Webster’s Dictionary defined it as the inducement of wrong by an improper or unlawful means, as the abuse of entrusted power for private gain. (Mariam- Webster online Dictionary (2009). When most people think of corruption they think of bribery, Nepotism, fraud, embezzlement. Bribery most of the time is the police officer taking money for a ticket or to look the other way during a crime. Nepotism is normally a public official allowing his relative or neighbor to do something that he would cite someone else for.
In 2012 the emergency manager reported that the police department had about 2,030 employees. But city officials also stated that out of those 2,030 employees only about 33 percent was actually patrolling the city. If no officers are out controlling and making sure the city safe that just leaves room fo... ... middle of paper ... ...blicans who I just can’t imagine having any interest in doing anything for Detroit” the city is heavily Democratic. The money is the biggest problem with helping Detroit nobody wants to get involved when giving away money to a city in need is the issue especially if they did it once they are surely not trying to do it again. My answer to the naysayers who think it’s rather impossible to re-build Detroit’s Neighborhoods and bring change to the city is to stop wasting money in other places and worry about the places within your own reach how can we fix other places problems outside the US without even fixing home base first.
Statistics were involved explaining how characteristics of police and communities affect the incidence of filed complaints on police violence. There were two hypotheses on threatening minorities made relatively to complaints. These authors had made analytical theories behind Cheh, M. "Are lawsuits an answer to police brutality." Police violence: Understanding and controlling police abuse of force (1996): 247-72. In the book, the author inform how effective is the lawsuit or criminal prosecution to help resolve police brutality.
Gratuities given to public officials and servants can lead to an abuse of power. Such gifts hard to regulated, and therefore can lead to police officers not reporting them on their taxes, and taking them for grant can lead to bribery and blackmail. Officers should not be above the law. Brutality-By the 1990 's, a new form of corruption evolved entailing . Officers beat drug dealers, stole drugs and money, and sold drugs to other dealers.