ABSTRACT

The organization of policing is "best described and understood in terms of the interactions of two distinct cultures: a street cop culture and a management cop culture. These two cultures are increasingly characterized by competing and often conflicting perspectives on procedure and practice in policing". This chapter discusses various types of noble-cause situations. All of these situations represent efforts to achieve good ends, but they also create many opportunities for noble-cause corruption. Police work carries two different, opposing kinds of suspicion. Legal suspicion is based on a legal standard of reasonableness, and is determined by an officer's ability to articulate reasons why he or she thinks that a suspect might be a danger to a police officer or might have committed or is about to be involved in a crime. The warping effect is created when police culture adapts to and assimilates proposed and intended changes into its own values, thus shifting the effects of changes in unplanned ways.