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NCJ Number: NCJ 181241   Add to Shopping cart   Find in a Library
Title: Police Perjury: A Factorial Survey
  Document URL: PDF 
Author(s): Michael Oliver Foley
Date Published: 2000
Page Count: 176
  Series: NIJ Research Report
  Annotation: A study of 508 New York City police officers used the factorial survey method to determine the underlying conditions and circumstances that an officer would take into account in making a decision to commit perjury.
Abstract: A literature review revealed that lying is as common or more common than honesty in modern life. The courts, police agencies, and society have acknowledged, justified, and approved the use of lying and deception by police. The present research used interviews with more than 100 police officers and a subsequent focus group of 6 police officers to specify 9 dimensions and 50 levels as categories for the factorial survey. The participants received questionnaires containing 24 unique vignettes. Each vignette depicted a typical arrest situation. The participants made judgments on each vignette. The research also included a neutralization scale and a short form of the Crowne-Marlowe Social Desirability (Lie) Scale in anticipation that some police officers would not have variability in their responses. Results of ordinary least-squares regression analysis revealed that 77 percent of the officers indicated that perjury would be probable in some of the vignettes. Police perjury varied with the job assignment and the type of crime. Female police appeared less likely to commit perjury than male officers; seniority had no significant influence. Results also revealed the common motivations and rationales for committing perjury and the factors that deterred perjury. Findings suggested that police agencies must make the elimination of police perjury and continuous education in ethics among their priorities. Further research is also recommended. Tables, appended background information and instruments, and 177 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Police decisionmaking
Index Term(s): Evidence collection ; Police discretion ; Perjury ; Police corruption ; Police reports ; Arrest and apprehension ; Professional conduct and ethics ; Police testimony ; Police work attitudes ; Corrections policies ; Police in-service training ; False evidence ; NIJ grant-related documents ; New York
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 98-IJ-CX-0032
Sale Source: UMI Dissertation Services
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Type: Report (Study/Research)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
Note: City University of New York -- doctoral dissertation
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