What Are Some Statistics on Police Corruption?

Some statistics on police corruption are that law enforcement reported 4,861 instances of police misconduct in 2010 and that police use of excessive force comprises 23.8 percent of law enforcement corruption. Per capital, Louisiana has the highest reported police corruption rates, followed by Montana and Mississippi, while Kansas and Maine report the lowest rates of corruption.

The 4,861 reported instances of police misconduct reported in 2010 involve 6,613 law enforcement officers and even more victims. The reports link 247 fatalities with these reports of police corruption in 2010 alone. Using excessive force is the most common kind of police corruption, and sexual misconduct is the second most common type. For purposes of tracking police corruption, sexual assault includes both harassment and on-duty, consensual sexual encounters.

Murder is the least common type of corruption, and it accounts for less than one percent of police corruption. A total of 698 law enforcement officers participated in drug-related corruption in the year 2010. Other types of corruption include bias, false arrest and domestic violence.

Kansas reports only 295 instances of police corruption per year for every 100,000 law enforcement officers. By contrast, Louisiana reports 1,777 instances per 100,000 officers. Among individual police agencies with more than 1,000 officers, New Orleans reports the largest number of corruption incidents, followed by Denver and Atlanta. Washington D.C. prosecutes law enforcement corruption at low rates, with only five percent of reports leading to a criminal prosecution. By contrast, in Oregon 20 percent of law enforcement corruption reports lead to criminal prosecution.