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NCJ Number: 203852 Find in a Library
Title: Social-Psychological Model of Unethical and Unprofessional Police Behaviour
Author(s): D. F. Sunahara
Corporate Author: Canadian Police College
Canada
Date Published: December 16, 2002
Page Count: 20
Sponsoring Agency: Canadian Police College
Ottawa, Ontario K1G 3J2, Canada
Sale Source: Canadian Police College
P.O. Box 8900
Ottawa, Ontario K1G 3J2,
Canada
Document: PDF
Type: Program Description (Model)
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: This document provides a model of unethical and unprofessional police behavior.
Abstract: The emphasis of this model is on the processes that translate external conditions into attitudes, emotions, beliefs, and values that in turn cause some officers to act unethically and unprofessionally. Most discussions of police ethics focus on the relationship between the police and the public. This discussion adopts a broader perspective that unethical actions, whether directed against the public or against colleagues and the organization, can be understood best by treating them as instances of the same phenomenon. Unethical and unprofessional behavior is not a homogeneous set of acts sharing a common etiology. It begins with the premise that there are six different classes of unethical behavior: affective acts, discriminatory acts, noble cause corruption, self-interested corruption, failure to be diligent, and lacking technical skills. The five exogenous variables for the proposed model of unethical and unprofessional behavior are corrosive street experiences, corrosive experiences inside the organization, motivated workforce, occupational subculture, and poor human resources development. The effects of corrosive street experiences and corrosive experiences inside the organization are the police subculture, emotion, stereotyping, a sense of entitlement, and alienation. Looking at the day to day experiences of police officers, the two most dominant influences on behavior are the treatment accorded them as police officers and as employees. Research suggests that both sides of an officer’s life may be corrosive. Operational police work brings negative emotions, such as frustration, anger, and fear, to the forefront. The elitism that comes with being a member of a special group that has been set apart to perform onerous duties contributes to misplaced pride and a sense of entitlement. Alienation remains a pivotal issue. It is central in that it links the environment to much of unethical or unprofessional police behavior. It is part of a world view that helps to both trigger and rationalize unethical and unprofessional behavior. 22 references
Main Term(s): Police misconduct; Police work attitudes
Index Term(s): Abuse of authority; Behavior under stress; Job pressure; On-duty offenses; Police alienation; Police corruption
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