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  1. Introduction
  2. Controversy in Mexico
  3. Police collaboration and narcoterrorist activities
  4. Corruption among law enforcement officers
  5. The case of Mexico
  6. Dealing effectively with issues
  7. Conclusion

Police corruption refers to any criminal activity carried out by police officers or any law enforcement officials involving the use of their authority or their any kind of knowledge available to them by virtue of them being a member of their personal or professional gain (Syed, 1997). Therefore, police corruption does not refer to all inadequate conduct of law enforcement officers. For example, corruption would include officers that act ?in a racist or prejudicial manner towards an alleged offender, perhaps by being discourteous or perhaps by other, more overt means (eg. using unnecessary force)? (ibid). Discriminatory practices or police brutality are not included as part of police corruption practices. Nevertheless, police corruption can affect very negatively communities all over the world. This paper will look at the effects of corruption among law enforcement officers, using as an example a case of police corruption that has took place in Mexico on January 2012.

Increased controversy rose in Mexico after the release of footage where a number of police officers took as prisoners three men in January 2012 (Stevenson, 2012). The five heavily armed law enforcement officers entered a hotel in the west of Mexico and later came out of the establishment's premises with three handcuffed individual wearing just their underwear. According to prosecutors; the police officers were taking orders from criminal gangs. Three hours after the footage was taken, the lifeless bodies of the three individuals taken by the officers were discovered. They had been ?asphyxiated and beaten to death? (ibid).

[...] According to prosecutors; the police officers were taking orders from criminal gangs. Three hours after the footage was taken, the lifeless bodies of the three individuals taken by the officers were discovered. They had been ?asphyxiated and beaten to death? (ibid). Cases of police collaboration and part taking in narcoterrorist activities have become increasingly common in Mexico during recent decades. Narco-terrorism was a term originally used to describe to describe the terrorist methods used by drug traffickers in various South American regions (Roberts and Escalante, 2009). [...]


[...] The Fuerza Civil unit recruited more than 11,000 officers to fight against corruption in Mexico's police. To conclude, as argued throughout this report, the effects of police corruption are much more significant than those of the officers involved. They can negatively affect a community in a number of different ways, including generating an increased fear of crime among the community, fuelled by the distrust on police and other law enforcement units. All the negative effects of police corruption ?have an impact on community wellbeing and threaten the social order? (Office of Police Integrity, 2011). [...]


[...] ?Local police corruption is rampant in local governments across political parties. Thousands of Mexico's 460,000 officers, including entire forces at times, have been fired, detained or placed under investigation for allegedly aiding drug gangs.? (ibid). The existence of corruption among law enforcement officers significantly harms the law enforcement institutions and the community where they operate. The spread of the malpractice of corrupt officers can dramatically ?damage the reputation of their organisation and their colleagues. They stop others from doing the professional and ethical policing work they are dedicated (Office of Police Integrity, 2011). [...]

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