rovide a 3 pages analysis while answering the following question: ARE POLICE ABOVE THE LAW. Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide. An abstract is required. However, at the same time police are in the best position to be tempted by corruption, kickbacks, dealing in contraband, and covering up excessive force. While violating the law is not the norm for the vast majority of good officers that play by the rules, for those that don’t the system and organization places them above the law.
Police officers are in a position to abuse the law and will naturally take advantage of their position when the opportunity arises, and are in fact encouraged by the system to do so. According to Johnson and Cox, “Police officers are exposed to an extraordinary level of temptation in such areas as drug investigations” (70). As with any cross section of Americans, some people will be more prone to violate social values when there is an opportunity for economic gain. This factor is exacerbated by the fact that “little or no discipline is imposed when police officers witness fellow officers engaging in misconduct. As a result, public safety officers believe that it is acceptable to break the law or the rules of the department” (70). In many routine instances police officers, and the department, places their actions above the law.