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The Wood Royal Commission : a case study in the slippery slope from unethical conduct to criminal acts

Bail, Shelley, Lauchs, Mark A., & Merrington, Shannon (2012) The Wood Royal Commission : a case study in the slippery slope from unethical conduct to criminal acts. In 19th Annual Conference of the Australian Association for Professional and Applied Ethics, 28 June - 1 July 2012, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD.

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Abstract

Over the last two and a half decades, corruption in the police service in Australia has come under increased official and public scrutiny. Numerous scandals involving police officers has caused concerned about the integrity and ethics within the Police Service. This paper examines the Wood Royal Commission, specifically looking at testimony from Trevor Haken. This paper provides insights into the nature of police corruption as well as the process or ‘slippery slope’ corrupt officers go through. This paper also contributed to the existing literature by providing knowledge into the types of corruption used by police officers in real-life situations, and deepening understanding of how corruption emerges and why. It specifically confirms the literature on slippery slope arguments about police corruption and the role of trust in building a corrupt career. The paper contributes to the existing literature by providing insights into the nature of corruption used by police officers in real-life situations, and deepens the understanding of the process of corruption. The findings also contribute to our understanding that corruption is not just an individual incident but rather a result of reoccurring incidents that are generated by the nature of work, organizational structure and society in relation to corruption.

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ID Code: 51370
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: police corruption, slippery slope, trust network, Wood Royal Commission
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200) > Causes and Prevention of Crime (160201)
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
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 04 Jul 2012 08:07
Last Modified: 17 May 2013 12:28

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