Individual, Work and Organizational Factors
Edited by Ronald J. Burke and Astrid M. Richardsen
Chapter 13: Aggressive and criminal behavior of police officers
Policing is a high-risk occupation, and the purpose of this chapter is to improve policing and the health of police officers and their families by promoting empirical research that might lead to a better understanding of police crime and development of policies that reduce future incidence and prevalence of criminal behaviors by law enforcement officers. The chapter examines the phenomenon of police crime in the United States. Police crime refers to the criminal behaviors of sworn law enforcement officers who are employed by state and local law enforcement agencies. Police crime, a form of occupational deviance, is framed in the first part of the chapter within the unique aspects of the police subculture and organizational structure of policing. The second part of the chapter presents a conceptualization of police crime that includes alcohol-related police crime, drug-related police crime, profit-motivated police crime, sex-related police crime and violence-related police crime.
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