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.

Policing Integrity: Britain's Thin Blue Line
Policing integrity: Britain's thin blue line

International images of the unarmed British police officer, as a “paid member of the public in uniform” as opposed to part of a quasi military organization, “is that of the friendly bobby, sympathetic and understanding and impeccably behaved” (Uildriks & van Mastrigt, 1991, p. 10). Home Office statistics show, however, that in the reporting period from 2000 to 2001, 18,911 complaints against the police in England and Wales were recorded. Of these, around 10% were for “incivility,” although only 87 cases were substantiated upon investigation (Povey & Cotton, 2001). indeed, Cain (1992) argues that there has a been an “unscientific myopia” surrounding what is known about the police that “precludes … the raising of ...

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