Corrupt police networks : uncovering hidden relationship patterns, functions and roles

Lauchs, Mark A., Keast, Robyn L., & Yousefpour, Nina (2011) Corrupt police networks : uncovering hidden relationship patterns, functions and roles. Policing and Society, 21(1), pp. 110-127.

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This article applies social network analysis techniques to a case study of police corruption in order to produce findings which will assist in corruption prevention and investigation. Police corruption is commonly studied but rarely are sophisticated tools of analyse engaged to add rigour to the field of study. This article analyses the ‘First Joke’ a systemic and long lasting corruption network in the Queensland Police Force, a state police agency in Australia. It uses the data obtained from a commission of inquiry which exposed the network and develops hypotheses as to the nature of the networks structure based on existing literature into dark networks and criminal networks. These hypotheses are tested by entering the data into UCINET and analysing the outcomes through social network analysis measures of average path distance, centrality and density. The conclusions reached show that the network has characteristics not predicted by the literature.

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ID Code: 41539
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: police corruption, social network analysis
DOI: 10.1080/10439463.2010.540656
ISSN: 1043-9463
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200) > Criminology not elsewhere classified (160299)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Taylor & Francis
Deposited On: 04 May 2011 01:30
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2012 14:23

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