Police corruption and strategies for its prevention in the emirate of Abu Dhabi

Al-Muhairi, Humaid Mohamed Saed (2008) Police corruption and strategies for its prevention in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. Professional Doctorate thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


Police Corruption is a complex widespread phenomenon in many developed and developing countries though the intensity varies from country to country. The current study is one of several studies supported by the UAE government will explore the different ways of police corruption and examine the potential ways of external mechanisms to control and minimize police corruption in the state of Abu Dhabi, which is one of the emirates of the United Arab Emirates. The methodology used for this research was by means of collecting data through a survey method distributed in the form of a questionnaire among a large population of police personnel and the public. The collected data was then analysed quantitatively and qualitatively. This research proved that unacceptable police behaviour existed (64.4%), with traffic, investigation and the immigration departments being the highest. Favouritism and nepotism have been identified as the most types of unacceptable behaviour which exists within the Abu Dhabi police force. Police officers (70%) agree to use violence and excessive force against suspects and (54%) believed that the public were worried about repercussions if any complaint was made about corrupt officers. It was established that unacceptable police behaviour exists in Abu Dhabi police force and traffic, investigation and the immigration departments have been identified with the highest levels of unacceptable police behaviour. Police corruption is more often a local police culture involving favouritism and nepotism that protects and even encourages unacceptable police behaviour. Finally, the research suggests the important role of media, public awareness, and training as remedies that should be adopted for instituting long term reforms. A combination of approaches, as well as federal supervision, is needed.

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ID Code: 16689
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Professional Doctorate)
Supervisor: Craig, Mark & Hayes, Sharon
Keywords: police, UAE, corruption, favouritism, nepotism, traffic, immigration, investigation
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Department: Faculty of Law
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright Humaid Mohamed Saed Al-Muhairi
Deposited On: 03 Dec 2008 04:08
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2011 19:51

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