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NCJ Number: 50967 Find in a Library
Title: SOCIAL DEFINITIONS OF POLICE CORRUPTION - THE CASE OF SOUTH CITY
Journal: CRIMINAL JUSTICE REVIEW  Volume:2  Issue:2  Dated:(FALL 1977)  Pages:101-110
Author(s): T BARKER
Corporate Author: Georgia State University
School of Urban Life
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 10
Sponsoring Agency: Georgia State University
Atlanta, GA 30303
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS STUDY EXAMINED THE EXISTENCE OF SOCIAL DEFINITIONS OF POLICE CORRUPTION IN A SOUTHERN CITY AND FOUND THAT POLICE MAKE DISTINCTIONS AMONG VARIOUS PATTERNS OF POLICE CORRUPTION AND USE THEM TO DEFINE ACCEPTED ACTS.
Abstract: QUESTIONNAIRES WERE ADMINISTERED TO ALL 45 ACTIVE PATROL OFFICERS IN A POLICE DEPARTMENT SERVING A SOUTHEASTERN CITY WITH A POPULATION OF ABOUT 25,000. THE QUESTIONNAIRE ASKED EACH OFFICER TO RANK FIRST THE WRONGNESS OF TEN PATTERNS OF POLICE CORRUPTION, THEN THE PREVALENCE OF THESE PATTERNS IN THE DEPARTMENT. IT WAS FOUND THAT ACTS TERMED 'CORRUPTION OF AUTHORITY' -- RECEIVING FREE MEALS, FREE CUPS OF COFFEE, FREE ADMISSION TO ATHLETIC EVENTS, ETC. -- HAD LOW PERCEIVED DEVIANCE SCORES. THE OFFICERS ALSO RESPONDED THAT THEY FELT 61.42 PERCENT OF THE DEPARTMENT HAD PARTICIPATED IN SUCH ACTIVITIES. THE NEXT MOST DEVIANT ACT WAS SEEN AS THE RECEIVING OF KICKBACKS. IT WAS FELT THAT 22.40 PERCENT OF THE DEPARTMENT HAD ENGAGED IN THIS BEHAVIOR. OPPORTUNISTIC THEFTS FROM CONSTRUCTION SITES, CRIME SCENES, OR UNLOCKED PROPERTIES WERE SEEN AS QUITE SERIOUS. IT WAS FELT 12.93 PERCENT OF THE DEPARTMENT HAD ENGAGED IN SUCH BEHAVIORS. THE OTHER BEHAVIORS AND THEIR PERCEIVED EXTENT WERE: TICKET FIXING, 4.49 PERCENT; INTERNAL PAYOFFS, 4.33 PERCENT; FIXING MISDEMEANOR CHARGES, 3.63 PERCENT; PROTECTION OF ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES, 2.74 PERCENT; SHAKEDOWNS, 2.63 PERCENT; FIXING FELONY CHARGES, 1.54 PERCENT; AND DIRECT CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES, 0.54 PERCENT. THESE FINDINGS INDICATE THAT THE PERCEIVED EXTENT OF THE TEN PATTERNS OF CORRUPTION VARIES INVERSELY WITH THE PERCEIVED DEVIANCE OR WRONGNESS OF THE CORRUPT BEHAVIOR IN QUESTION. TABLES PRESENT FULL SURVEY DATA. (GLR)
Index Term(s): On-duty offenses; Perception; Police attitudes; Police corruption; Police internal affairs; Studies
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