SOC 3750 Lecture Notes - Lecture 12: Community Policing, Police Legitimacy, New York City Police Department

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Self-interested corruption officer breaks law in order to get something to their benefit. Evidence that officers were making side arrangements with criminals for money. Code of silence officers not willing to talk about what was going on in streets: 1994 mollen commission. Officers were protecting dealers, taking drugs, selling drugs, etc. No one can look any further into the organization (they are not responsible) Applying social learning theory to police misconduct (chappell and piquero: to what extent is misconduct (corruption in this case) learned inside the police subculture, social learning theory assumption that corruption is learned. Differential association peer associations over time. Definitions favourable or unfavourable to crime. Modeling peers modeling deviance/conformity: methodology find 499 officers from philadelphia. Measure of corruption citizen complaints of officers. Accepting meals, gifts from merchants on holidays, stealing watch from burglary scene, stealing from a lost wallet, using excessive force.

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