Policing the police: theoretical and practical contributions of psychologists to understanding and preventing corruption

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Title Policing the police: theoretical and practical contributions of psychologists to understanding and preventing corruption
Author Porter, Louise E.
Book Title The forensic psychologist's casebook : psychological profiling and criminal investigation
Year Published 2005
Place of publication Cullompton, Devon
Publisher Willan Publishing
Abstract There are four main issues within the literature regarding police corruption that remain issues of contention: (1) what constitutes corruption; (2) what causes corrupt behavior; (3) how corruption can be investigated sensitively; and (4) how corrupt behavior can be prevented. The first section of the chapter reviews the literature concerning the definitions and causes of police corruption while the second section focuses on the investigation of corruption and strategies for prevention. The author argues that psychologists are uniquely situated to study and investigate claims of police corruption due to their expertise in a variety of research methodologies and specialized knowledge of human behavior. The contributory factors involved in police corruption are identified and include organizational factors, organizational culture, policies and rules, leadership, opportunities for corruption, consequences of corruption, and social factors such as peer influence. Practical strategies for identifying and preventing corruption are offered and include the use of psychologists as external investigators of corruption claims and as advisors for corruption prevention initiatives. In closing, the author underscores the importance of promoting the common goal of ethical policing, which can be attained through proper training and leadership.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.ncjrs.gov/App/Publications/abstract.aspx?ID=210959
Chapter Number 7
Page from 143
Page to 169
ISBN 1843921014
Date Accessioned 2010-03-22
Date Available 2010-03-23T07:25:18Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security
Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Science
Subject PRE2009-Cross discipline
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/29193
Publication Type Book Chapters
Publication Type Code b1x

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