The society at large theory goes hand in hand with the
slippery slope in regards to the acceptance of gratuities in exchange for services
(Criminal Justice, 2016). This theory holds that society, as a whole is
responsible for police corruption as it offers many different opportunities for
officers to stray from the straight and narrow path.  A good example of this theory is a shop owner
giving the officers on every shift a free meal as a way to support local law
enforcement and appreciate the job they do for little pay. What can happen in
this scenario is that the officers could start to take advantage of this by
asking for or demanding other free items from the owner. Alternately the shop
owner could be subversively taking advantage of the officers by luring them to
shop and utilizing their presence for extra security or to overlook minor
infractions committed by the patrons or the shop itself.

The structural or affiliation hypothesis theory holds that
an individual officer recognizes criminal activity everywhere (Criminal
Justice, 2016).  Officers can sometimes
become disgruntled and somewhat cynical after realizing and noticing that crime
is in every facet of society. Most young officers are naive enough to believe
that crime is only located on the streets and is limited to certain types of
people that are predisposed to be criminals. I know from experience that it can
be very upsetting to learn that the highest of our societies representatives
are criminals and that they get away with so many terrible things just because
of their wealth or position. The most disturbing revelation an officer can make
is when that officer discovers other officers within his or her own department
that are involved with criminal activity.

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Lastly, the rotten apple hypothesis describes officers that
already have undesirable traits before they are hired and fall naturally into
criminal activities (Griffen-Ruiz, 1999). Essentially this hypothesis believes
that an officer is already predisposed to criminal activity because of
environmental and or hereditary traits that may exist before joining law
enforcement.  A good example would be a
young person that turns to law enforcement after being raised in a gang
influenced neighborhood and was also involved in criminal activity as a
juvenile. Another example would be a young officer that was raised by his
biological father who was also domestically as well as sexually abusive to his
mother and sisters.  Officers that fall
into this category are often classified as being extremely anti-social and or
overly social in certain situations. This officer may go to extremes when
confronted with a similar situation from their childhood and might not be able
to restrain themselves when confronted with someone who committed these crimes.
On that same note they may be so traumatized that they may not react in an
appropriate manner that could get themselves or other officers hurt or worse
killed.