Serpico and the Future of the Blue Code of Silence
Keywords:whistleblower, police corruption, blue wall of silence, Municipal Police Training Council, George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021, National Police Misconduct Registry, LEWIS Registry
This article reviews several of the moral messages found in the film Serpico (1973, 129 min.) with emphasis upon understanding the meaning of the phrase “the blue wall of silence” as well as current efforts to limit its occurrences and harmful effects. The article includes details about the life of Frank Serpico, picking up where the classic Hollywood film left off. Policing in the 1960s and the current nature and the future of policing reforms are considered. Serpico’s present-day opinions about police corruption and violence are also discussed. In addition, the newest private effort to use technology to bring transparency and accountability to law enforcement—the Law Enforcement Work Inquiry System (LEWIS) registry—is described and recommended for national implementation.
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