criminaljusticechap6 - Chapter 6 Police subculture- The set...

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Chapter 6 Police subculture- The set of informal values that characterize the police force as a distinct community with a common identity. Police working personality- All aspects of the traditional values and patterns of behavior evidenced by police officers who have been effectively socialized into the police subculture. (Authoritarian, Cynical, suspicious, insecure, honorable, prejudged.) Police officers who come from conservative backgrounds see themselves as defenders of middle-class morality. Police corruption- The abuse of police authority for personal or organizational gain. Knapp Commission- A committee that investigated police corruption in New York City in the early 1970’s. Grass eaters- illegitimate activity that occurs from time to time in the normal course of police work. Meat eaters- involves the active seeking of illicit money- making opportunities by officers. Internal affairs- The branch of a police organization tasked with investigating charges of wrongdoing involving members of the department. Biological weapons- A biological agent used to threaten human life.
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This note was uploaded on 04/12/2008 for the course GOVT 243 taught by Professor Madison during the Fall '07 term at Christopher Newport University.

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