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POLICE CORRUPTION 2 Abstract Police corruption has been common in many countries including the United States of America. The common forms of police corruption include taking bribes, floating, and corruption of authority. Taking bribes is the most practiced form of corruption among police officers who accept rewards from law-breakers so that they can be spared from facing the law. It has also been confirmed that there are factors causing police corruption and among them is the highest degree discretion given to police officers. Low payments among police officers and poor supervision are also the factors increasing police supervision. There are so many corruption cases that have to engage the police, but it is impossible to calculate and know the level of corruption in a country. However, surveys of citizens, businesses and police officers are used in the estimation of the level of corruption. The estimated level is often wrong since those involved in corruption do not give any important information during the survey. The International Crime Victim Surveys with the Global Corruption Enumerated Barometer always collect and provide the estimated level of corruption despite the limitations. The police corruption has resultant consequences such as insecurity and economic decline. However, corruption can be minimized by applying strategies such as training police officers to avoid bribery and supervising them closely while they are on duty. This paper will look at different forms of police corruption and factors causing police corruption. The paper will also discuss the effects of police corruption and the various strategies that can be used to reduce police corruption. Keywords : police corruption, police officers.
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POLICE CORRUPTION 3 Police Corruption Corruption refers to the act whereby people in higher position take advantage of their position to gain from those below them (Hope Sr, 2015). Police officers are among those people in authority who have been confirmed to be more involved in the act more than other people in authority. They aim at benefiting themselves rather than serving the public who depend on them on main issues including security. Mostly, they provoke the public to give bribes in the form of money before accepting to offer their services. Since the same police occupy a crucial role in maintaining law and order, it is always had to deal with those who are involved in the act of corruption. The action is normally secret, and the police cannot as well investigate information about themselves. Thus, the act has been continuous without limits. In some countries, police corruption is practiced on a large scale whereby the act has been institutionalized. A certain study was done in the Los Angeles Police Department, and it showed that certain forms of corrupts had become normal practices for police officers in American policing (Antaki & Stokoe, 2017). Moreover, according to Chase-Lubitz (2018), the
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