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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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Exploring Career-Ending Misconduct in the NYPD

Exploring Career-Ending Misconduct in the NYPD

Who, What, and How Often

(p.65) Chapter Four Exploring Career-Ending Misconduct in the NYPD
Jammed Up

Robert J. Kane

Michael D. White

NYU Press

This chapter examines the prevalence and patterns of career-ending misconduct at the organizational level and provides our definitional framework for misconduct. Specifically, it identifies eight categories of career-ending misconduct, ranging from on-duty profit-motivated misconduct to off-duty public order crimes to administrative violations and “failure to perform” designations. The chapter then describes the annual patterns of organizational misconduct over the study period, examining the distribution of misconduct across the eight categories. Notably, this chapter also includes a separate discussion of on-duty abuse of authority, given that this form of misconduct was rarely observed in the present data. Last, it presents results from bivariate analyses examining characteristics of officers who got jammed up and their matched counterparts.

Keywords:   misconduct prevalence, misconduct patterns, career-ending misconduct, annual patterns, misconduct distribution, on-duty abuse of authority, bivariate analyses

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