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NCJ Number: 148427 Find in a Library
Author(s): V E Kappeler; R D Sluder; G P Alpert
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 326
Sponsoring Agency: Waveland Press, Inc.
Long Grove, IL 60047
Publication Number: ISBN 0-88133-771-4
Sale Source: Waveland Press, Inc.
4180 IL Route 83
Suite 101
Long Grove, IL 60047
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book draws together previously scattered information on police deviance and misconduct. The authors present misconduct as a consequence of corrupt police structures and the abuse of the authority that is inherent in policing.
Abstract: The book maintains that the development of American law enforcement, structured so that police authority is subject to local political control, has fostered a climate in which misconduct can flourish. Following an introductory chapter outlining the definitions, perceptions, and concerns used in this analysis, the book discusses the history of police deviance, the working environment in which police officers operate, and the ideology of the police culture. Subsequent chapters explore the motives and justifications officers employ to break normative bonds, and use case studies to examine the phenomena of police brutality, police prejudice and discrimination, and drug-related police deviance. The final chapters present some information on internal and external controls that influence police corruption and deviance, as well as recommendations for controlling deviance. Chapter references
Main Term(s): Police corruption
Index Term(s): Abuse of authority; Drug law enforcement; Police Brutality; Police misconduct; Police reform
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