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Master's Professional Reports Abstract

Minimizing Police Misconduct and its Effects

Low-level and non-violent police misconduct has existed in police institutions since their inception. Until recently, this type of misconduct has been able to survive almost unnoticed because of its seemingly benign nature as compared to the other more heinous action of police abuse. Chapters one and two establish a framework for exploring the problem of police misconduct and set forth reasons why it is in fact a real problem that deserves attention. Chapters three and four describe two types of police misconduct as the author has chosen to categorize the subject. Chapters five, six, and seven each take an extensive and systematic view of one of the three components that comprise the Klitgard "corruption equation." Only by exploring each element individually can effective countermeasures be developed. Countering each element of corruption will then necessarily lead to countering the corruption problem in general, or police misconduct in this case. Chapter eight recommends specific policy initiatives for each element of the misconduct problem, followed by general recommendations for law enforcement institutions to implement in chapter nine. Chapter ten concludes with an overview of how police misconduct is a pervasive, yet controllable, problem.

--Author's foreword.