The Police Internal Administration of Justice in New York City
An analysis of New York City Police Department records showing allegations of misconduct against 1,915 police officers appointed in 1957, and the disposition of those allegations. The main findings were: Of 204 criminal-misbehavior allegations, 31 were brought to departmental trial; six resulted in severe dispositions. Of the 204 allegations, 144 were for corruption; 23 resulted in formal charges and a hearing, and five of these were given severe dispositions. Only one officer charged with accepting a gratuity received a penalty more severe than a verbal sanction or minor fine. Most civilian complaints were dismissed or filed; of 541 recorded, 21 officers were found guilty, with one case resulting in a fine. None of 230 "protest summons" cases were brought to trial. For an 11-year period, only five of the 1,915 men were suspended for criminal charges or civilian complaints. No significant differences in the way the department handles misconduct were observed between races.