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Police Misconduct and Corruption

Police officers hold a position of power in the criminal justice system, exercising authority over members of the public to maintain order in society. Much research in the field of criminal psychology focuses on understanding offenders and their offending, assisting police in their role of crime detection and investigation. However, research has also acknowledged that police officers themselves do not always act within the law or exercise their authority in acceptable or ethical ways. Where there is power, ultimately there is the risk of corruption, and policing is a high-risk occupation, rife with opportunities for criminal actions as well as workplace misconduct. The consequences can be far-reaching, with negative impacts on the criminal justice system including miscarriages of justice as well as reduced public support ...

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