Police misconduct and crime : bad apples or systems failure?

Dean, Geoff, Gottschalk, Petter, & Glomseth, Rune (2012) Police misconduct and crime : bad apples or systems failure? Journal of Money Laundering Control, 15(1), pp. 6-24.

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There is a debate in the research literature whether to view police misconduct and crime as acts of individuals perceived as 'rotten apples' or as an indication of systems failure in the police force. Based on an archival analysis of court cases where police employees were prosecuted, this paper attempts to explore the extent of rotten apples versus systems failure in the police. Exploratory research of 57 prosecuted police officers in Norway indicate that there were more rotten apple cases than system failure cases. The individual failures seem to be the norm rather than the exception of ethical breaches, therefore enhancing the rotten apple theory. However as exploratory research, police crime may still be explained at the organizational level as well.

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ID Code: 47754
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: police integrity, whistle blowing, archival analysis, rotten apples, systems failure
DOI: 10.1108/13685201211194709
ISSN: 1368-5201
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Deposited On: 15 Dec 2011 23:06
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2015 23:47

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