What are some methods to prevent police corruption?

Police corruption seems to be an increasing problem in the United States as well as most of the world. With higher reports of police brutality, racial profiling by police, and plain system abuses, many people have a growing distrust of the police and their methods.

In your opinion, what are some methods that can reduce and even prevent corruption? A reward based "tattle tale" system sometimes works as it rewards officers for reporting others, but many police officers seem to "stick together" preventing this from working effectively. What are other methods that could help? What are you thoughts in general about police corruption? Have you directly been affected by it?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Controlling police misconduct involves two main tasks. First, prevent it from occurring in the first place. Second, reduce and eliminate it once it exists. There are two main approaches to the control of police misconduct: internal and external.

    Internal approaches take place w/in the dept and generally are more effective when the problem is not too serious. Some internal approaches include:

    1. Strengthening police leadership - the chief and top administrators have to clearly and publicly show their commitment to anticorruption policies

    2. Developing clear written dept policies and procedures that “draw the line” and make it clear to the officers and the community what behaviors are and are not acceptable. Violations of policies must be followed up with disciplinary action. The problem here is often where exactly to draw the line.

    3. Focus on administrative control. The dept environment must be changed to emphasize an anti-corruption stance. This involves increased supervision of line officers, giving supervisors increased responsibility for combating corruption, and eliminating dept practices that encourage corruption (e.g., arrest quotas). In addition, opportunities for corruption must be reduced. To do this, depts might make public appeals to citizens to stop offering "gifts" to officers and/or make high-visibility arrests of people attempting to offer bribes. Police work could be made more visible to further reduce opportunities for misconduct - requring officers to keep daily activity logs, requiring regular check-ins during patrol, and so on. Rewarding honest officers and encouraging officers to report corruption within the dept also should be implemented.

    4. Depts need to develop and/or expand their internal affairs division (IAD), with an increased focus on internal corruption investigations

    5. Increase the responsibility and authority of non-IAD supervisors to take action against most types of corruption. Require all administrators and supervisors, even first-line supervisors, to deal with corruption among officers under their command and give them the authority to deal with problems. This would also include disciplining members of the chain of command who fail to deal with corruption by officers under their command

    6. Finally, put more emphasis on corruption control at the selection and training phase of policing. This would include greater focus on each applicant’s integrity recruitment phase (background checks, integrity tests, polygraph tests) as well as providing more anti-corruption and ethics training at the academy.

    External approaches are activities by other agencies. This becomes necessary when misconduct has so pervaded dept that some sort of independent and unbiased control is needed External approaches include:

    1. Set up watchdog groups and special investigations. Use external and politically independent commissions to investigate corruption. BEcause they are not part of the department, hopefully they will be unbiased and not influenced by corruption in the dept. The problem with this, is that because the members of the commission are not police officers, they may not understand how policing really works.

    2. The courts could act as a greater mechanism of police accountability. Officers who violate the law may be subject to criminal prosecution. OF course, his only deals with individual corrupt officers, not the problems in the dept that led to the corruption.

    3. Use the mass media to expose corruption, mobilize public opinion, and provide chief with support for anti-corruption policy which may be unpopular with officers

    4. Increase citizen involvement. Some depts have civilian review boards or oversight committees who monitor the dept and review allegations of police misconduct. They work separately from but parallel to IAD.

    5. Decriminalize some vice offenses. This removes police involvement and reduces opportunities for corruption (which is usually a serious issue in vice bureaus)

    6. Change the political environment. If corrupt politicians are forced out of office or encouraged to retire, and replaced with non-corrupt ones, a political climate that does not support corruption may develop and spread to the police as well as elected officials

    Source(s): Criminal justice professor
  • 4 years ago

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    4 years ago

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  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    Well the first step is to never trust them.

  • 1 decade ago

    Have the citizens videotape the cops when they bust people.

    Source(s): ACLU
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