Tarnished Honor

An Insider's Look at Police Occupational Deviance

by Roy E. Alston, PhD

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Tarnished Honor

An Insider's Look at Police Occupational Deviance

by Roy E. Alston, PhD

Published Oct 16, 2012
136 Pages
Genre: SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology



 

Book Details

Police Occupational Deviance Costs Society Millions Of Dollars And Erodes The Public Trust.

Tarnished Honor flips the truth switch that many in the law enforcement community would quickly un-flip. The mere question that suggests that the police – as we have come to know them – may in fact be government sanctioned oppressors, criminal actors, and predators should send shockwaves throughout the society. We are taught from the crib that the police are our friends. Sadly and disturbingly, these friends are not always friendly. Tarnished Honor provides a platform for dialectical discourse on occupational deviance among those charged with peace maintenance and security in our communities. Perhaps, one of the causal factors for widespread police occupational deviance (POD) meets somewhere between the rock of the public’s abdication for maintaining peace and order and the hard place where employing hirelings to do what we are unwilling to do ourselves. Tarnished Honor provides the empirical data and commentary. The next step requires a sobering and strategic response by those leading these law enforcement agencies. Those of us that have spent a lifetime in pursuit of police professionalism are thoroughly convinced that the collective “we” must abandon organizational cultures, policies, procedures, customs and traditions that provide cover for our corporate ineptness. Tarnished Honor is a public plea for the law enforcement community to reach out to our respective jurisdictions to assist us in providing a daily delivery of quality and professional criminal justice services in all of our neighborhoods.

 

About the Author

Roy E. Alston, PhD

Roy E. Alston, PhD is law enforcement professional and currently serves as a police supervisor in a large metropolitan police department. Police behavior, leadership in police organizations, and organizational change in police organizations have always been of interest to him, sparking his research, to deepen his understanding and knowledge of these often academically neglected topics. In so doing he has gleaned a deeper insight into their impact on the police/citizen contact dynamic. He is the author of Radioactive Leadership - How to Pursue Excellence and Positively Influence the Behavior of Others (Authorhouse, 2005) and The Police Leader’s Compass (Academy Leadership, 2012).