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POLICE ADMINISTRATION AND THE CONTROL OF POLICE CRIMINALITY - A CASE STUDY APPROACH

NCJ Number
12073
Author(s)
G P FOSTER
Date Published
1966
Length
580 pages
Annotation
PRESENTATION AND ANALYSIS OF DENVER'S 1961 CONFRONTATION WITH POLICE CORRUPTION AND CRIMINAL ACTIVITY BY POLICE OFFICERS.
Abstract
DENVER'S POLICE CRISIS IS DESCRIBED WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF MODERN THEORIES OF CRIMINAL MOTIVATION. FACTORS DISCUSSED INCLUDE LOW PAY LEVELS, THE ABRUPT POST-WAR TRANSITION FROM A SMALL TOWN TO A LARGE METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY, CITIZEN ACCEPTANCE OF 'PETTY' CORRUPTION, AND THE UNRESPONSIVENESS OF THE POLICE ADMINISTRATION AND THE COMMUNITY TO THE 'GROWING PAINS' OF THE DEPARTMENT. THE AUTHOR DISCUSSES THE EVENTUAL REFORMS AND REORGANIZATION, AND ANALYZES THE POLICE-CRIME PHENOMENON AS EXHIBITED IN DENVER IN RETROSPECT.