nypd police corruption case by frank serpico

Assignment Description: This assignment will define and compare ethics and morality.

Conduct research on the New York City Police Department corruption case brought to the attention of the world by Frank Serpico.


  • Part One: An opening paragraph describing the topic and ultimate conclusion
  • Part Two: A detailed description of the events that occurred and the ethical issues involved
  • Part Three: Relate the actions of both the unethical officers and of Detective Serpico to the philosophical precepts we have discussed in class this semester.
  • Part Four: Conclusions based on your research and class readings as to the consequences of unethical behavior to the system, society, and individual citizens. The following issues must be covered within the report:
    • Organizational Cultural issues, (how did this environment affect the level and duration of the corruption?)
    • Historical context, include your theories on why the corruption occurred
    • Moral courage, (For example, – what were the particularly courageous acts involved?)
    • Politics (Note, in this context “politics” refers to the personal and/or group dynamics within the NYPD. It does NOT relate to political parties or affiliation with any political party.)


  • Create a cover page for your assignment (not included in word count)
  • Include your name
  • Course title and number
  • Project title
  • Date of submission
  • Include an abstract(not included in word count)

For information on APA standards, please refer tohttp://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource

Submission Instructions: You WILL NOT submit your assignment here. All submissions will take place in the corresponding weekly folders.

Additional formatting requirements include:

  • Please submit as a Word document (.doc, .docx)
  • 7 pages
  • Double spaced
  • 12 point font
  • Times New Roman or Courier New font
  • 1” margins
  • Use APA narrative and reference page citations for all academic sources
  • Include reference page using American Psychological Association (APA) format guidelines (not included in word count)
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