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NCJ Number: 186470 Find in a Library
Title: Deviant Organizational Messages Among Suspect Police Officers in Israel
Journal: Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management  Volume:23  Issue:4  Dated:2000  Pages:416-438
Author(s): Sergio Herzog
Date Published: 2000
Page Count: 23
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This article examines Israeli police officers’ views regarding the illegal use of force.
Abstract: Personal questionnaires were administered to a sample of Israeli police officers who had been investigated for using illegal force against citizens between 1989 and 1997. Informal messages, contrary to the police department’s formal messages regarding the use of force and justifying it in certain circumstances and for certain types of offenses, were highly prevalent, especially among middle-rank officers. Findings support the existence of a deviant organizational subculture. The article notes that the existence of an organizational subculture is a normal and inevitable phenomenon in all organizations. However, this police subculture was not homogeneous and unique along rank lines; officers varied greatly in their attitudes and, consequently, in their behavior. To make changes in a subculture that permits and even encourages violence and other illegitimate means in its routine work, the article suggests, among other measures: (1) gradually changing to community policing; (2) improving recruitment criteria; (3) reinforcing internal mechanisms for identifying potentially violent officers; and (4) changing training programs to incorporate the study of situations likely to provoke police violence. Tables, notes, references, appendix
Main Term(s): Police
Index Term(s): Community policing; Foreign police; Foreign police training; Israel; Lawful use of force; Police attitudes; Police policies and procedures; Police use of deadly force; Police-citizen interactions; Recruitment
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