Dr. Phil Stinson, criminal justice professor at Bowling Green State University, is part of a team developing the first national profile of police integrity through an analysis of police crime committed by sworn law enforcement officers.
The focus of the research project is to study the arrest records of on- and off-duty law enforcement officers across the nation. It builds on previous studies by Stinson published in Police Quarterly, Criminal Justice Policy Review, and International Journal of Police Science and Management.
According to Stinson, the research is important because “there are no comprehensive statistics available on problems with police integrity, and no government entity collects data on criminal arrests of police officers in the U.S.”
Stinson has documented 31 cases where a state and local officer was arrested for an on-duty, gun-related murder or non-negligent manslaughter from 2005 to 2011. He found 10 other cases in that time where an officer was arrested for negligent manslaughter in a gun-related incident that happened while the officer was on duty.
Overall, Stinson said, he identified 5,545 officers as being arrested on a variety of charges.