Police Corruption: Definition, Types & Improvement Methods


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What do we call the code of silence among police officers that discourages an officer from reporting the misconduct of another officer?

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1. Which view argues that most police corruption stems from just a few dishonest or unethical officers?

2. What do we call the general misuse of police authority for personal gain?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combo gauges your understanding of the characteristics of police corruption. You will be quizzed on the types and causes of corruption in police departments.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to test your knowledge of the following topics in regards to police corruption:

  • Types
  • Theories about the causes
  • Definitions of common forms

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on police corruption
  • Defining key concepts - verify that you can accurately define main terms, such as extortion and bribery
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding police corruption causes
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the characteristics of police corruption

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the corresponding lesson titled Police Corruption: Definition, Types & Improvement Methods. This lesson will help you:

  • Define common forms of police corruption
  • Understand theories of its causes and the role of the Department of Internal Affairs
  • Identify police corruption types