Conceptual framework for managing knowledge of police deviance

Dean, Geoff, Bell, Peter, & Lauchs, Mark A. (2010) Conceptual framework for managing knowledge of police deviance. Policing and Society, 20(2), pp. 204-222.

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This is a conceptual article on police deviance and its multi-faceted forms. It seeks to address the lack of an adequately formulated framework in the literature of the breadth and depth of police misconduct and corruption. The article argues for the use of a proposed ‘sliding scale’ of police deviance by examining the nature, extent and progression of police deviance and crime using research in Australia and Canada as illustrative case studies. This sliding scale is designed to research, capture and store, and hence extend the knowledge base of what constitutes police deviance at the level of the individual, the group and the organisational contexts of policing. As such, the conceptual framework is a robust yet flexible research tool and its utility as a sliding scale constitutes a step forward in advancing the knowledge on police deviance and criminality through adopting an integrated and holistic approach to managing such knowledge.

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ID Code: 32548
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: police misconduct, police corruption, police deviance, police crime
DOI: 10.1080/10439461003668476
ISSN: 1043-9463
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200) > Police Administration Procedures and Practice (160205)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Deposited On: 09 Jun 2010 21:44
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2017 14:43

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