Corruption and Fraud in Policing

  • John A. EternoEmail author
  • Eli B. Silverman


In democratic society the police are part of the executive branch. As such, the police are checked and balanced in their power by the judicial and legislative branches. While this helps to minimize corruption, we find that corruption not only exists but morphs to deal with any control mechanisms. We demonstrate this through the New York City Police Department. Tracing this department’s history with corruption exemplifies the issues that law enforcement agencies in free society must deal with. Typical acts of corruption, whistleblowers, the police culture, and what can be done about corrupt activity will all be discussed in this chapter. Ultimately, corruption must be controlled for democratic institutions to properly function.


Checks and balances Police culture Whistleblowers Attitude effects NYPD scandals 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate Studies, Molloy CollegeRockville CentreUSA
  2. 2.John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Graduate Center, City University of New YorkNew YorkUSA

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