Sociological Imagination: Western’s Undergraduate Sociology Student Journal

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From Hero to Zero: Policing the Police in Canada - How the Current Culture of Hero Worship Perpetuates Corruption and Dysfunction Within the Canadian Criminal Justice System


This essay examines the systemic structural problems inherent within the policing system of Canada and the pervasive inequality and corruption that it perpetuates. Variables of public perception, along with police deviance and culture are examined to highlight the structural deficiencies and their prevention of social equality within the Canadian criminal justice system. This essay examines the concept of hero worship as a factor in the Canadian public’s acceptance of police corruption and deviance, along with Robert Merton’s strain theory to show the limited categories available for police officer identity under the current system. Finally, possible solutions to the closed subculture of police power and corruption are offered for future policy considerations.