Crim: Police and Police Corruption Scandal Essay

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The definition of Police corruption is a specific form of police misconduct designed to

obtain financial gain, other personal gain, or career advancement for a police officer or officers

in exchange for not pursuing, or selectively pursuing, an investigation or arrest. One common

form of police corruption is taking bribes in exchange for not reporting organized drug or

prostitution rings or other illegal activities. Another example is police officers misusing the

police code of conduct in order to secure convictions of suspects — for example, through the

use of falsified evidence. Often police officers may deliberately and systematically be involved

in organized crime themselves. In most large cities such as Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York

there are internal affairs sections to investigate suspected police corruption or misconduct.

Police corruption is a significant widespread problem in several second and third world

countries, such as Brazil, India, Mexico, Russia and Ukraine. I believe that Police Corruption has

probably gone on for centuries in the United States. A huge Police Corruption scandal that truly

stands out in the history of America as one of the most popular was the corruption of the New

York City Police Department that was uncovered by a one of there own Police Detective Frank

Serpico in 1971. Serpico was indeed a Police Officer with integrity who wanted to do the right

thing and was over shadowed by some of his peer’s fellow officers who were corrupt and

dishonest. He joined the NYPD in 1959 as a probationary Officer and became a full Patrolman in

March of 1960. He then served as a patrol for two years then became a detective where he

discovered a widespread of corruption on the force. In early 1971 during the uncovering of the

corruption Serpico was set up by fellow officers and was shot nearly killed. Later that same year

surviving after was almost killed Serpico went on to testify against the NYPD Officer who were

involved in the scandal in which he first got wind of in 1967. Frank Serpico retired from the

NYPD in 1972