Police Corruption: How does it affect the community?
Police corruption has been rampant in the society since the formation of the first American police department over the mid-1800s when the police department was formed to run the municipal governments and agencies. First during those times, the employment in the force could be assured through directives of political parties in order for them to have illicit activities undertaken by the force (TI, 2013). In addition, the environmental acceptance of the practice in the police force further led to practices which offered individual police officers monetary benefits. However, with time the elites and the progressive middle class who were educated opposed this practice of political control over the police service and instigated the establishment of police commissions, adoption of civil service exams as well as other legislative reforms which reduced the wide spread of the problem.
First police corruption leads to illegal regulation under which common situations occur for police officers to abuse or choose not to use their power in a way that benefits the community. For instance, the police may act in such a way as if they are doing something about a crime incident in the community yet they use their powers in such a way that they benefit from an illegal activity such as drug trafficking.
In addition, police corruption leads to green lighting over the agency under which the police turn a blind eye to different criminals or criminal activities which may adhere to some rules for instance, they police agency may be inclined to accommodate drug dealers which adhere to no violence, or don’t sell drugs to children (TI, 2013). This in turn leads to a king or intentional creation of a level of control over drugs trade or any other form of the tolerated crime.
In addition, corruption among the police may leads the agency to work in corroboration with the bad individuals which leads to officers working in “bad barrel” or “bad orchard” which is in itself a corrupting influence. This entangles many officers in criminal activities which puts their integrity in to question.
In dealing with drug dealers, the impact of or the connection between the dealers and the police is well known since the boom of illegal drugs took root in the 1980s. the police corruption played a critical role in this problem for instance it has been established that there is a corresponding in police corruption and violent conduct in addition to may similar connections between drug dealings and police corruption in the US.
Again, due to police corruption, police officers tasked with the responsibility of policing the prohibition of illegal drugs leads many to belief that they police cannot illuminate such or that in fact they will still form them dealers! In fact form firsthand experience, in both the US and Australia (TI, 2013). The police have justified sealing from drug dealers as a form of tax or charge that tries to make it harder for the dealers to continue with business.