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NCJ Number: 121285 Find in a Library
Title: Process of Erosion: A Personal Account (From Police and Policing: Contemporary Issues, P 181-187, 1989, Dennis Jay Kenney, ed. -- See NCJ-121271)
Author(s): R Leuci
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: Praeger Publishers
Westport, CT 06881
Sale Source: Praeger Publishers
88 Post Road West
Westport, CT 06881
United States of America
Type: Report (Technical)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A retired New York City police officer describes his growing awareness of corruption among his colleagues and the process by which he was gradually corrupted.
Abstract: At the start of his career he believed that all police and those who supported them were good and that everyone else was evil. His first experience with police corruption occurred when he inadvertently saw a patrol sergeant trying to remove a ring from the finger of an old man who had just died of a heart attack and whom the author had tried to resuscitate. The author worked as an undercover officer in narcotics enforcement and gradually became involved in supplying drugs to an addict who was his informant. The author has concluded that 5 percent of all police officers would have been criminals if they had not chosen a career in law enforcement, 5 percent will remain honest regardless of the temptations, and the other 90 percent will yield to the culture of their agencies and communities.
Main Term(s): Police corruption
Index Term(s): Police attitudes; Police responsibilities; Police role conflict
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