Police Deviance and Corruption

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RUNNING HEAD: POLICE DEVIANCE Police Deviance and Corruption The main objective in policing is to serve and protect a community and those who live within it, while this is often achieved through ethical practices sometimes it can be a challenge. In an effort to do something worthwhile for a community it can be diluted by to many negative experiences with the public, to little job satisfaction and too much trouble handling the administrative system. Many different factors can lead officers into deviance and corruption within the police system. Some of these include, stress, traumatic experiences, too much bureaucracy etc (Dean & Gottschalk 2010; Rowe 2005; Wilson, Kolennikova, Kosals, Ryvkina & Simagin 2007). In present paper the role of an ethical police officer is investigated and to which extent an officer can degrade this title. It is hypothesized that morality can be fatally ruptured and police deviance can take residence in the space where morality used to be resulting in detrimental consequences for an individual and parties involved. The following three literature reviews attempt at supporting the hypothesis further as to why this behaviour exists. In a research article by Wilson, et al. (2007), an analysis of police corruption and police misconduct of Russian police officers was done. A survey was taken voluntarily and anonymously in eight police jurisdictions in Russia. The purpose of the current research was to address one form of police deviance among the Russian Police, namely the ‘economic activities’ of the police. It is hypothesized that Russian police are highly involved in ‘economic’ activities in addition to their regular responsibilities as police. There were a total of 2,209 completed surveys representing a sample of approximately 0.15 per cent of all police officers in Russia where it is estimated there are approximately

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