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A. 2 elements 1. Misuse of authority 2. Personal gain B. Corruption is only one form of misconduct or deviant behavior by police C. Occupational deviance 1. Criminal and non-criminal behavior 2. Committed during the course of normal work activities or under guise of police officer authority 3. Includes improper behavior that is not illegal (EX: sleeping on the job) D. Abuse of authority--action by an officer that 1. Injures, insults human dignity 2. And/or violates inherent rights of citizens

III. The costs of police corruption A. Criminal activity by a police officer undermines basic integrity of law enforcement B. Corruption usually protects other criminal activity (EX: bribes to protect illegal gambling or drug trafficking) C. Undermines the effectiveness of the criminal justice system 1. Officers routinely testify in court 2. Reputation for dishonesty damages their credibility in criminal cases D. Undermines the professionalism of a police department 1. Corruption encourages police lying to protect other officers 2. Lying can spread to other areas of policing (EX: lying to cover up excessive force) E. Costs taxpayers F. Undermines public confidence in the police

IV. Types of corruption A. Gratuities 1. Most common form of police corruption a. free meals b. discounts on other purchases 2. Some departments prohibit gratuities, others do not 3. Mixed motives for business owners a. some cases represent a "thank you" to officers for their job b. other cases i. reflect self-interest ii. presence of patrol cars near stores serves as a deterrence iii. expectation that the police will return the favor with extra patrol 4. Argument against gratuities a. open the door to more serious forms of corruption b. encourage officers to believe they are entitled to...

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