Police Corruption

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Arnold Chavez
Professor Satka
Criminal Justice
October 25, 2010
The movie I chose was “Serpico.” The setting of the movie begins with Frank Serpico the main character graduating from the Police Academy, He is determined to be a “good” cop and represent everything that the image of a law enforcer is meant to be. However, where there is bad there is good and the police force is no exception. No matter where Serpico goes Police Corruption seems to be all around and his morals are challenged time and time again. He however wants to change this and break down on Police Corruption, but of course with every department being corrupt instead of making it better for himself he is slowly digging his grave. The movie shows that corruption in the police department is very common and those whom are part of will do anything for it not to be uncovered even at the cost of losing officers. The following represent a few examples of how police corruption works and as well some types of police corruption Frank has to deal with. 1. At his first precinct Serpico already begins to encounter corruption beginning with a sort of “benefit.” When Serpico goes to get lunch with the other officer they stand in line and order and then are told it will be right over. In other word they get it for free without paying and in return quote, “we give him a break on double parking.” The type of corruption represented here is free meals or services. In order to avoid the ticket for double parking the owner gives free meals working as a bribe. Technically he is protected from parking tickets and he just provides a benefit. 2. While on patrol incidents are reported through the radio and likewise it occurs to Serpico however, and his partner represents two different police “personalities.” Serpico is the super-cop while his partner is the lazy cop whom is avoiding the call because quote, “it is not their sector”. He does all the work captures one of the criminals and when he returns to the...
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