Changes in Patterns of Career-Ending Police Misconduct

James J. Fyfe, Temple University
Peter R. Jones, Temple University
Robert J. Kane, The American University
Robert Tillman, St. John's University

This is a study of the l,543 officers whose violations of the law and/or administrative policy caused them to be dismissed or forced to resign or retire from the New York City Police Department during 1975 through 1996. The paper analyzes changes over time in the personal characteristics and histories of involuntarily separated officers; in the nature of conduct leading to involuntary separation, and in the effects upon this disciplinary process of changes in the political, economic, and administrative environments of New York City and its police department.

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