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Jammed UpBad Cops, Police Misconduct, and the New York City Police Department$
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Robert J. Kane and Michael D. White

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814748411

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814748411.001.0001

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Setting the Stage

Setting the Stage

An Historical Look at the New York Police Department

(p.39) Chapter Three Setting the Stage
Jammed Up

Robert J. Kane

Michael D. White

NYU Press

This chapter provides a historical look at how career-ending misconduct has manifested itself in the NYPD over two previous generations, specifically setting aside questions regarding the prevalence of misconduct in the organization over time in order to focus on the primary characteristics of misconduct over the different eras included in the study period. These “eras” can be loosely delineated by the major political, economic, and policy shifts that have likely influenced the changing patterns of misconduct within the organization, apart from the characteristics of the individual officers who engaged in the behavior. Additionally, the chapter is divided into two primary substantive areas: a brief description of the organizational structure of the NYPD with respect to the units that investigate and adjudicate known cases of misconduct, and a picture of how allegations of misconduct make their way through the NYPD disciplinary system.

Keywords:   career-ending misconduct, misconduct characteristics, misconduct patterns, NYPD's organizational structure, NYPD disciplinary system

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