The Contours of Police Integrity is the only book that examines police corruption and police integrity across cultures. Editors Carl B. Klockars, Sanja Kutnjak Ivkovich, and M. R. Haberfeld begin with an introduction to the issues surrounding police integrity, followed by chapters that focus on the critical cultural, political, and historical conditions that influence police conduct in fourteen different countries. Based on the largest systematic survey of police integrity ever conducted, this innovative text illustrates how officers in different cultures regard various types of corruption, how severely they think transgressions should be punished, and how willing they are to come forward to report infractions. Designed as a supplemental text for police administration and management, ethics in criminal justice, comparative criminal justice, and comparative policing courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level, The Contours of Police Integrity is also an indispensable resource for regional policing institutes and police training academies.
Police Integrity in Slovenia
The concept of integrity is believed to have a central role in policing as a profession (see Delattre, 1996; Pagon, Kutnjak Ivkovich, & Klockars, 1998; Vicchio, 1997). It is also believed that the lack of integrity results in a whole spectrum of deviant behaviors usually labeled as “police corruption.” While this might be the case, we should not simply equate integrity and lack of corruption. As Vicchio (1997) points out, “in departments where corruption appears to be low and where citizen complaints are minimal, we assume that our officers on the job are people of integrity. Sometimes this is a faulty assumption, particularly if the motivation to do the right thing comes from fear of punishment” Therefore, we ...