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Forces of Deviance The book Forces of Deviance Understanding the Dark Side of Policing by Victor Kappeler shows several incidents and examples of police deviance Ive picked three chapters to summarize that Ive picked by interest and importance to help show and understand what police deviance is I picked chapter 1 The Idea of Police Deviance Definitions Perceptions and Concerns because I felt it was an important chapter in understanding police deviance which lays out the foundation for the book In this chapter Kappeler talks about how police perform an important social function in society In order to promote social tranquillity and to protect the civil liberties of citizens the police have been given greater powers Unfortunately when police abuse those powers by engaging in deviant activities they are one of the greatest threats tofreedom under a democratic system of government The public has always been fascinated by reports of police deviance Public opinions about the police vary by age race prior contact with the police and social class There are several common concerns that the public has about reports of police deviance These concerns include the symbolic positions that police hold in society the corrupting influence of certain police deviant activities the unparalleled function performed by police economic interests in controlling police deviance and safety hazards associated with certain forms of police wrongdoing Several terms and concepts have been used to describe various forms of policedeviance Police crime describes instances where officers use their police power or authority to commit a criminal act Occupational deviance refers to the criminal and noncriminal deviant activities engaged in by police during their normal work activities or made possible by the power and authority they hold as law enforcement officers Police engage in corrupt activities when they abuse their power and authority for personal gain Finally abuse of authority may entail physical abuse psychological abuse or the violation of citizens legal rights I chose
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