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NCJ Number: 166997 Find in a Library
Title: Assessing Law Enforcement Ethics: Technical Report Based on the Study Conducted With the Oregon Department of State Police
Author(s): K L Amendola; C Hockman; P Scharf
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 115
Sponsoring Agency: Police Foundation
Washington, DC 20036
Publication Number: ISBN 1-884614-11-6
Sale Source: Police Foundation
1201 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In surveying ethical attitudes of police officers, the Oregon State Police (OSP) Department examined whether a shared sense of values prevailed within the police organization, whether police officers received consistent information on organizational values and policies, and how police officers viewed the integrity of the police organization.
Abstract: Of 780 sworn personnel, 615 responded to the survey, for a 79 percent response rate. Survey findings revealed values promoted by police supervisors affected attitudes and behavior of their subordinates. When police supervisors were perceived as having strong values and behavior, they often received more loyalty. Rank was associated with ethical values; ratings of values and behaviors in relation to the OSP went up as rank went up. The position of sergeant had some role ambiguity; attitudes of sergeants differed widely, with some favoring the management role and others favoring the fellow police officer position. Sergeants had to balance management considerations with fellow police officer concerns, a role that sometimes led to alienation from the ranks. Management personnel working at the OSP headquarters rated their ethical values and behavior higher across the board. Implications of the survey findings for establishing standards governing police professionalism and ethical behavior are discussed. Appendixes present the OSP's Code of Ethical Conduct, information on the survey methodology, a list of reasons for not returning the survey, a list of issues not covered by the survey, and correlation data. 4 references and 77 tables
Main Term(s): Police department surveys
Index Term(s): Corruption of public officials; Oregon; Police corruption; Police department surveys; Police misconduct; Police professionalism; Police work attitudes; Professional conduct and ethics; State police
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