Peer Reporting of Unethical Police Behavior

Peer Reporting of Unethical Police Behavior

Peer Reporting of Unethical Police Behavior

Peer Reporting of Unethical Police Behavior

Synopsis

Kargin examines police officers' decision making with regard to peer reporting of unethical police behavior. On a theoretical level, a peer reporting model was developed based on Rest's (1984) four component, Trevino's (1986) person-situation interactionist and, finally, Jones' (1991) issue-contingent models of ethical decision making for investigation of police officers' peer reporting decisions. The results suggest that the perceived seriousness of the unethical behavior is the strongest predictor of police officers' peer reporting in minor and moderate policy violations. However, officers' attitudes toward professional ethics codes are the strongest predictors of their peer reporting intentions in situations involving major policy violations.

Excerpt

This book examines police officers’ ethical decision making with regard to reporting a peer’s unethical behaviors within an organization. Peer reporting is a special type of ethical decision making behavior (Barnett, Bass, & Brown, 1996; Trevino & Victor, 1992), and it has been one of the positive outcome behaviors investigated in the ethical decision making literature (Trevino et al., 2006). One of the purposes of this book is to develop an ethical decision making model for the investigation of police officers’ peer reporting decision. A second one is to test the model and understand what influences police officers’ peer reporting decision.

On a theoretical level, this book examines police officers’ ethical decision making processes integrating major ethical decision making theoretical models proposed in the area of ethical decision making. Rest’s (1984) “four component model” which explains individual ethical decision making processes is incorporated along with Trevino’s (1986) “person-situation interactionist” model and Jones’ (1991) “issue-contingent model.” Thus, police officers’ ethical decision making within a police department is investigated by incorporating individual level variables, organizational level variables, and issuerelated variables drawn from these models. This approach also integrates the two most common approaches identified in the literature in the examination of police unethical behavior: the individual level approach and the more contemporary organizational/occupational approach (Klockars et al., 2004).

From a practical perspective, the behavior examined, peer reporting, has significant implications for police organizations and . . .

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