How Susceptible Are Police to Corruption?

By Dr. Michael L. Beshears

Even though differential association theory was originally applied to criminals, scholars have applied it to police officers, too. This theory states that if a police officer is frequently exposed to criminals, the non-criminal officer, over time, is more likely to become a criminal. Similarly, if a non-corrupt police officer is frequently exposed to corrupt officers, the non-corrupt officer is more likely to become corrupt. Learn more.