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NCJ Number: 123320 Find in a Library
Title: Overview of Drug-Related Misconduct of Police Officers: Drug Abuse and Narcotic Corruption (From Drugs, Crime and the Criminal Justice System, P 79-109, 1990, Ralph Weisheit, ed., -- See NCJ-123316)
Author(s): D L Carter
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 31
Sponsoring Agency: Anderson Publishing Co
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Sale Source: Anderson Publishing Co
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Type: Research (Theoretical)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The recent increase in officer drug use is attributable to greater public attention about the problem, deeper inquiry through proactive forensic and investigative tactics, exposure of corruptive practices, and the increased drug use among the general population.
Abstract: In light of collective research findings, it is intuitively estimated that at least 30 percent of the nation's police officers have had some form of involvement with illicit drugs since becoming employed in law enforcement. Police departments must accept the fact that officers become involved with drugs and implement effective drug control programming with both preventive and disciplinary components. Policies prohibiting drug use and prescribing sanctions for violations should be viewed primarily as a preventive tool with invocation of the disciplinary process as a secondary role when prevention does not occur. A drug control program must be the product of critical introspection and consideration of what is best for the total organization as well as the community. 3 figures, 9 notes, 24 references.
Main Term(s): Drug use; Police corruption
Index Term(s): Drug Related Crime; Drug research; On-duty offenses; Professional misconduct
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