Chen wrote:LaserGuy wrote:Sure, but it says something about the culture of the police force that this happened. And it's a persistent problem... just a few years ago, 17 officers in the Baltimore PD faced federal charges (14 guilty pleas) for another racketeering scheme, with 37 additional officers implicated.
Do we have any numbers on corruption in police versus other fields though? I've personally seen a ton of corruption in educational administration, for example, but its rarely spoken about. Police corruption, like almost any other government corruption, tends to be more visible, but I do wonder how different it is compared to other fields. Banking or other wall street business seem ripe for it, what with the amount of money moving around. Any industry where kickbacks are stereotypical would also seem to fall under the corruption umbrella, like construction.
I very much question whether police corruption is more abnormal than other corruption. Now, I can posit that the police should in fact be far LESS corrupt (due to their influence and impact on people's lives) than other fields.
I don't even know how to answer that in a way that makes sense. Police have a lot more power and authority than most other fields... they have a much higher capacity for corruption, and the effects of police corruption are both wide-reaching and more difficult to resolve because it is the police themselves that are responsible with stopping corruption.