The sociopathic police personality: Is it a product of the “Rotten Apple” or the “Rotten Barrel?”
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- Griffin, C. & Ruiz, J. J Police Crim Psych (1999) 14: 28. doi:10.1007/BF02813860
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The “Rotten Apple” theory states that deviant police officers are those who psychological testing fails to screen out. This concept is favored by police administrators because it offers a quick and easy solution to police deviant behavior. However, there is a growing body of literature that suggests that it is the stressful occupation that is policing that is the fertile soil from which police deviant behavior springs otherwise known as the “Rotten Barrel” theory. This article shall explore police deviant behavior from the perspective that it is the “Rotten Barrel” that leads to police deviant behavior.