Mapping Police Misconduct Networks


Police misconduct is a deviant behavior, and
deviant behavior is learned, where? In one’s social networks. And so, we’ve been taking a bunch of publicly
available data in the city of Chicago to recreate the sorts of misconduct networks among police
officers. And it’s, again, using the same principles
we understand in network science and applying it to a different problem to see if it can
shed some insights into the causes of misconduct, and then again, potentially, what we can do
to stop it. We find, for example, that when you pair younger
officers and older officers, that can diminish certain types of misconduct. Also how you pair officers together — by
gender, by race — can also potentially impact, sort of, the bad behaviors among police officers.

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