Public opinion over the effectiveness and adequacy of police discipline has spiked in recent years. This has brought increased media attention to alleged police misconduct. Unfortunately, due to the media’s propensity for circulating sensational headlines, they rarely provide complete and accurate accounts of the details of police misconduct arbitration decisions. Most importantly, the media fail to capture what factors arbitrators actually consider when deciding whether to uphold police discipline. This article explores those details and examines what factors are most important to arbitrators in adjudicating cases of alleged police misconduct.
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