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Journal: Criminal Law Bulletin  Volume:29  Issue:2  Dated:(March-April 1993)  Pages:147-157
Author(s): W C Smith; G P Alpert
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 11
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Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Efforts to address police misconduct should be improved by giving State agencies that certify police the authority to remove the license to police, by developing a national consensus on the ethical and moral parameters of police conduct, and by an enhanced effort to educate police officers in ethical and moral decisionmaking.
Abstract: Although the nature, extent, and costs of police misconduct and corruption are difficult to determine, police misconduct clearly imposes direct costs as well as demoralizing both the police community and society. Existing regulations affect only the most serious offenders and do not require action against noncriminal behavior. To define police misconduct that can lead to decertification it is necessary to isolate the core and critical behaviors that have an impact on significant rights of citizens. Police agencies should also recognize that they are beginning to receive increased scrutiny and are increasingly accountable for police misconduct. A decertification process should begin with the identification of decertifiable misconduct. Departmental discipline may also occur, usually long before the outcome of the decertification proceeding is known, and may also take places in which decertification would be inappropriate. The entire process of defining misconduct would be easier if all police officers operated under a uniform set of ethical principles. Establishing a nationally accepted Code of Police Professional Responsibility would aid this process. Chart and footnotes
Main Term(s): Police decertification; Police misconduct
Index Term(s): Abuse of authority; Police discipline; Police professionalism; Police reform; Professional conduct and ethics
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