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NCJ Number: 212276 Find in a Library
Title: Police (Mis) Behavior: A Cross-Cultural Study of Corruption Seriousness
Journal: Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management  Volume:28  Issue:3  Dated:2005  Pages:546-566
Author(s): Sanja Kutnjak Ivkovic
Date Published: 2005
Page Count: 21
Type: Report (Study/Research) ; Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the degree to which police officers in different countries have similar assessments of the seriousness of various types of police misconduct.
Abstract: The authors surveyed police officers in Croatia (n=1,649), Finland (n=378), and the United States (n=3,235). All respondents offered opinions on the severity of police corruption described in 10 scenarios, as well as 1 scenario that described police use of excessive force. This study characterized "police corruption" as "an action or omission, a promise of action or omission, or an attempt of action or omission, committed by a police officer or a group of police officers, characterized by the police officer's misuse of the official position motivated in significant part with the achievement of personal gain" (Kutnjak Ivkovic, 2005). The heterogeneous opinions across the three countries pertained to the least serious scenarios, such as off-duty employment, the acceptance of gratuities, or the use of excessive force. More homogeneous assessments were found for the most serious cases, such as the kickback, a bribe, or the theft of found property. Relative evaluations of seriousness were similar across the three countries. Overall, the findings show that police officers in three countries with diverse legal, economic, social, and political environments share a common view of the seriousness of various types of police misconduct. 5 tables, 4 notes, 30 references, and appended study scenarios
Main Term(s): Police misconduct
Index Term(s): Croatia; Cross-cultural analyses; Cross-cultural comparisons; Finland; Police attitudes; United States of America
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