Sample Criminal Justice Paper on Police Crime

Police Crime

Scenario One

The police officers who left without paying for their coffee committed a crime. It is not an egregious criminal act but still qualifies as one of the policies formed by “The Knapp Commission.” As a civilian, I would report the act to the police station and as a policeman, I would approach the two policemen and ask them to pay. I would want them to pay because their gestures suggest a form of police misconduct, an occupational deviance, or a gratuity. Their actions also portray a disregard of the law which they are employed to enforce, which is quite unethical.

Despite the owner of the shop having offered a free cup of coffee as a form of insurance for their good work, it is still a wrongful act, a form of deviance. The policemen gladly accept something of value in exchange for their work as a form of “police price” as they feel underpaid by their employers. Force discourages such gratuities since they act as a slippery slope into major forms of police misconduct like receiving cash to look the other way during a murder or providing security over a given area. If the people who are meant to ensure that individuals uphold laws break them, they make it look okay, and thus encourage civilians to do the same.

The purpose for declining such acts of generosity is to stop it from turning into an obligation, or laying of foundation towards greater payments, or to remove the temptation of bigger payments, and help officers evade gratuities from a business that looks to receive some form of favor. As a civilian, the act must be reported because it appears as a “police price” for their duty, which is a form of corruption. No matter how close policemen should look after one another, such acts must be reported. It is also looking after a fellow officer and aiding them from sliding into a huge mess that results in destruction and damage to the reputation of policemen. This type of corruption of authority is the most innocuous.

Scenario Two

In this situation, the officer acknowledges to vividly breaking the conditions of employment and the law by willfully accepting to drink especially because it is forbidden. He asserts that, “You know, it’s like sex. It is not the amount, it is the fun of doing it when you know it’s a taboo.” This is a form of occupational deviance since it does not conform to the regulations of the police agency.

Drinking at work is misconduct at virtually all levels of employment since it impairs the judgment of the drinker. I will report my partner because he clearly tries to conceal his actions rather than stop it when he thanks me for mentioning the smell and promises to do something about the smell. If left unreported, the situation has a very high likelihood of escalating into an egregious act like accepting bribery, and bullying citizens among other crimes since alcohol impairs judgment and thinking.

Failure to report him will be a form of protection of the illegal activity that he is engaging in. Police officers usually look the other way to protect their partners from facing the law, a form of deviance that results into a difficult situation in the future. My partner may not appreciate what I do, neither will other cops, but for the sake of the law, and the oath is taken to uphold it, it forces me to act in the best interest of the department and the Constitution.

Scenario 3

Since it is impossible to stop the arrest because of the presence of proof against the rental applicant, I will start an investigation to ascertain the legitimacy of the accusations against the applicant. It is possible that it might be a coincidence but I have to file a report against them for investigating the rental applicant with no basis of doing so except for the reason of either making an arrest, conviction or revenging a wrongful act committed by the rental applicant. The police officer who made the arrest expressed a form of combative corruption and perversion of justice. The officers doing the arrest seem to be “doing justice” but they are using the wrong method – ‘perversion of justice’. The methods employed in making the arrest are likely to be combative corruption of flaking and padding the case to make it worthy of an arrest.

These types of acts normally trigger a chain of corrupt activities. The officers will then have to prove and offer statements to the court of the acts incriminated against the individual. According to Myron Orfield’s study, at least half of the time the police officers fabricate evidence at suppression hearings, a gesture that is well welcomed by the prosecutors who argue that if that happens, the prosecution will win and if the same action occurs the defendants also lose (1022). No matter how difficult it is to form a strong case against an individual using the proper means of the law, flaking, and padding should not be used to convict a dodgy criminal. These inappropriate police actions must always be reported at all levels. Although it is difficult, reporting the case will force most officers to observe the law.

Scenario 4

In this scenario, the police officer abuses his authority by suspecting and stopping a man who looks unkempt. The officer goes ahead to ask the individual a question that proves his victimization, “hey fellow, what are you doing in this area?” The individual tries to ignore that cop but he insists on bullying him. At the end, he not only arrests the individual but also physically abuses him by use of excessive force and plans to lie about the guy taking a swing at him. I will ask the officer to step out and speak to him with confidence. I will notify him that he is breaking the law by using physical force and acts of perversion of the justice. I will command him to release the guy and apologize.

Furthermore, I will report him to the relevant authorities regarding his behavior. Such an occurrence is not a coincidence; it is something that has occurred for a while and needs to be stopped. His actions are acts of corruption, flaking, and a form of planting evidence by saying that the individual took a swing at him when he did not. I would also recommend the police to develop a form of a program where the policemen are reviewed, retrained, and analyzed. The cases brought in by police should be scrutinized to ascertain their conformity with the law.

The actions of the policeman are a form of occupational deviance as these actions do not conform to the standards of conduct and are not part of the regular patrol work. Reporting such acts helps shape up the police department and reduce cases and susceptibility to corruption. They are among the most significant corrective and watchful measures in the police department reported by fellow officers. All dirty cops should be exposed and relevant cases reported to the appropriate authorities not only to maintain a high name and reputation for the department but also to enforce the law, protect, and serve the people.

Scenario 5

In this scene, I will arrest and report these officers to the relevant authorities with the charges of drug possession and abuse. These two officers willfully break the law yet they are the very ones who took an oath to preserve it. The two officers engaged in police misconduct by using illegal drugs. It is classified as the “Type I drug corruption.” The two officers are using drugs for their gain. The reason for stopping this behavior is because drugs like marijuana pave the way for other drugs and ultimately lead to the destruction of the career and lives of the two police officers. Sometimes arresting and reporting such corrupt actions by fellow officers may seem like the absence of cohesion but in the realsense, it is an act of honor for saving a situation before it gets complicated.

Planting of evidence (flaking) and adding of evidence (padding) is very rampant in the department and involves multiple sections of the law that have had a rather difficult situation in arresting a notorious and wanted criminal. However, this does not mean that the officers go ahead to break the law to make the conviction. If this was the case, there would be no difference between the two, since they both would be violating laws. Such acts must not be tolerated within the department because it undermines and ridicules the law and Constitution, by breaking the very same law they swear to uphold and protect.



Work Cited

Orfield, Myron W. “The Exclusionary Rule and Deterrence: An Empirical Study of Chicago

Narcotics Officers”. Law Review, Vol.54, No.3 (Summer, 1987), pp. 1016-1069.