Future of Policing Essay
The ever present problem of police corruption can plague even the smallest of departments. With the position of power that is given to police, corruption was a likely outcome. Some individual officers may take part in illegal activities or it may be a much larger systemic issue that can effect a whole department (Walker & Katz, 2011). It is a trend that all department would like to see dissipate. Every few decades, corruption comes into the spotlight like in the case of the Rodney King riots that were sparked by officers beating King after a traffic stop. Corruption has an effect on community relations because community members lose respect not just for the officers involved but the whole system.
Efforts to curb corruption are going to be the key in future operations of law enforcement. In a society that is quickly losing rights to privacy due to terrorist activity, police are given more discretion and power. Departments throughout the years have conducted integrity tests and psychological evaluations to discover a corrupt individual officer. However, in order to truly fight corruption it must be stopped before it begins. One