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NCJ Number: 99041 Find in a Library
Title: Gratuities, Corruption, and the Democratic Ethos of Policing The Case of the Free Cup of Coffee (From Moral Issues in Police Work, P 267-276, 1985, Fredrick A Elliston and Michael Feldberg, ed. - See NCJ-99027)
Author(s): M Feldberg
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 10
Sponsoring Agency: Rowman and Allanheld Publishers
Totowa, NJ 07512
Sale Source: Rowman and Allanheld Publishers
Division of Littlefield, Adams and Co
81 Adams Drive
Totowa, NJ 07512
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Most police officers draw the line between accepting gratuities without 'strings' and taking bribes to compromise their policing duties, but gratuities can influence police to spend their time unequally among establishments that do and do not offer them gratuities.
Abstract: Gratuities for police officers can include half-priced restaurant meals, a free Thanksgiving turkey from a neighborhood grocer, or a discount on a toaster from the hardware store. Such gratuities most often are a show of friendship and admiration for police officers, although they can be enticements for officers to spend more time at an establishment as an extra deterrent to potential robbers. Although most major police departments discourage the taking of gratuities out of fear that the practice may condition officers to accept bribes, there is little empirical evidence that of the officers who accept gratuities, significant numbers move on to taking bribes. Gratuities are not likely to be 'the foot in the door' for corruption, but they do raise the ethical issue of democratic policing, which entitles all citizens to equal access to police services. When gratuities draw officers to spend more time with persons and businesses that offer gratuities, they risk violating the ethic of democratic policing. This should be the rationale for training officers not to accept gratuities. Seven notes are listed.
Index Term(s): Bribery; On-duty offenses; Police corruption; Police policies and procedures
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