Police Corruption: Preventing Misconduct and Maintaining Integrity

Police Corruption: Preventing Misconduct and Maintaining Integrity

Police Corruption: Preventing Misconduct and Maintaining Integrity

Police Corruption: Preventing Misconduct and Maintaining Integrity


While many police officers undertake their work conforming to the highest ethical standards, the fact remains that unethical police conduct continues to be a recurring problem around the world. With examples from a range of jurisdictions, Police Corruption: Preventing Misconduct and Maintaining Integrity examines the causes of police misconduct and explores applied strategies designed to maximize ethical conduct and identify and prevent corruption.

Analyzes the roots of corruption

Introducing the phenomenon of police officer misconduct, the book provides an analysis of unethical behavior, its effects, and different causal factors. The author examines the impact on the community and the police themselves, the dilemma of establishing universal ethical principles, and ways of identifying and measuring misconduct problems. The remainder of the text examines applied strategies designed to maximize ethical conduct and prevent corruption.

A myriad of proven strategies

Exploring a wide range of approaches, the book discusses best practices in the recruitment of ethical applicants, strategies for dealing with misconduct, risk reduction strategies and early warning and intervention systems, along with advanced strategies such as drug and alcohol testing, integrity tests, and the use of covert surveillance. The text also explores the role of independent external oversight bodies that audit police strategies and conduct their own investigation. The final chapter on ethical leadership emphasizes the need to go beyond a checklist of rules with leadership that values, requires, and models integrity in all aspects of police work.

Examples from around the world

Taking a global approach, this volume recognizes that policing is prone to the same potential problems of corruption and misconduct everywhere in the world. Highlighting the importance of establishing robust and enduring anti-corruption protocols in new and emerging democracies, the book provides a model comprehensive integrity system, underscoring the need for a sustained commitment to combat corruption.



While the literature on police and allied subjects is growing exponentially, the impact upon day-to-day policing remains small. The two worlds of research and practice of policing remain disconnected even though cooperation between the two is growing. A major reason is that the two groups speak in different languages. The research work is published in hard-to-access journals and presented in a manner that is difficult for the lay person to comprehend. On the other hand, police practitioners tend not to mix with others and remain secretive about their work. Consequently, there is little dialogue between the two and almost no attempt to learn from one another. Dialogue across the globe, among researchers and practitioners situated in different continents, are, of course, even more limited.

I attempted to address this problem by starting the IPES where a common platform brought the two together. IPES is now in its 13th year and has been organized in all parts of the world. Several publications have come out of these deliberations and a new community of scholars and police officers has been created whose membership runs into several hundreds. Another attempt was to begin a new journal, aptly called Police Practice and Research that opened the gate to practitioners to share their work and experiences. The journal has attempted to focus upon issues that help bring the two on a single platform. The journal is now completing eight years and is in its 35th issue.

Clearly, these attempts, despite their success, remain limited. Conferences and journal publications do help create a body of knowledge and an association of police activists but cannot address substantive issues in depth. The limitations of time and space preclude larger discussions and more authoritative expositions that can provide stronger and broader linkages between the two worlds.

It is this observation that has encouraged many of us to conceive and implement a new attempt in this direction. We are embarking on a book series that seeks to attract writers from all parts of the world, to find practitioner contributors, and to create a series that makes a serious contribution to our knowledge of the police as well as to improve police practices. We are interested not only in work that describes the best and successful police practices, but also one that challenges current paradigms and breaks new ground to prepare police for the twenty-first century. We are looking for comparative analysis that highlights achievements in distant parts of the world as well as . . .

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