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 6: Sustaining Police Integrity in Finland
Sustaining Police Integrity in Finland
A recent article title in the leading Finnish newspaper announced: “A Police Officer Convicted of Assault Should Not Have Been Re-employed. Assistant Parliamentary Ombudsman: ‘Police Officers Must Be Pronouncedly Blameless’” (Reinboth, 2002a, p. A7). The article was about a police officer who hit his wife and was consequently convicted of assault and fired, but who was able to get a post some time later as an officer in another police department. This situation raised a public debate. Ten days later, the same newspaper contained an interview with the National Police Commander titled “Supreme Police Command Fears the Status of the Police Is Bloodied Because of the Assaulter” (Reinboth, 2002b, p. A8). These titles nicely illustrate ...