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.
Chapter 14: Homogeneity in Moral Standards in Swedish Police Culture
Homogeneity in Moral Standards in Swedish Police Culture
This chapter will give a brief overview of the current status of police integrity in Sweden. It is based on a study conducted in Sweden in 1999 (Ekenvall, 2000; 2002). According to Klockars, Kutnjak Ivkovich, Harver, and Haberfeld (2000), police integrity can be defined as “the normative inclination among police to resist temptations to abuse the rights and privileges of their office” (p. 10). All human behavior can be described from both an individual and a contextual perspective. We are born as unique individuals, shaped by our experiences (including education), and controlled by the structure around us.
A primary objective of this chapter is to discuss whether police recruits are ...