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date: 20 September 2020

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This essay examines the nature, etiology, and prevalence of police misconduct. As with much of the research on police misconduct, the essay treats profit-motivated corruption separately from police violence, which likely have two distinctive theoretical origins. The essay then identifies the conventional mechanisms of police accountability designed to control police misconduct, such as police policies, the role of supervisors, early warning systems, and external forms of controlling the police. The essay concludes by noting that, although progress has been made over several generations in controlling police misconduct (i.e., the creation of CALEA), misconduct remains both diverse and difficult to redress due in large part to the fact that most systems designed to manage police misconduct are reactive rather than proactive.

Keywords: police misconduct, police corruption, police violence, police accountability

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