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NCJ Number: 230051 Find in a Library
Title: Public Confidence in the Police: Testing the Effects of Public Experiences of Police Corruption in Ghana
Journal: British Journal of Criminology  Volume:50  Issue:2  Dated:March 2010  Pages:296-319
Author(s): Justice Tankebe
Date Published: March 2010
Page Count: 24
Sponsoring Agency: British Academy
London, W1V 0NS, England
Grant Number: PDF-2008-625
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: The aim of this empirical study is to compare the effects of three dimensions of police corruption on perceptions of police trustworthiness, procedural justice and effectiveness.
Abstract: Nearly every study of police corruption hypothesizes that public experience of police corruption undermines the moral standing of the police. However, scarcely any studies actually test the hypothesis. The three dimensions of corruption identified in this study are personal experience, vicarious experience, and subjective evaluations of police anti-corruption measures. The data come from a survey of people living in Accra, Ghana. The findings show that both vicarious experiences of corruption and satisfaction with reform measures explain assessments of police trustworthiness, procedural justice and effectiveness, but that personal experiences of police corruption do not do so. Tables, figure, and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Foreign police
Index Term(s): Ghana; Police community relations; Police corruption; Police reform; Public Opinion of the Police
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