Civilianising the 'blue code'? An examination of attitudes to misconduct in the 'police extended family'

Wright, Barry J. (2008) Civilianising the 'blue code'? An examination of attitudes to misconduct in the 'police extended family'. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This dissertation examines police employees' attitudes to integrity and the reporting of misconduct within the police service, with the aim of identifying any variances that might exist between police officers and civilian police staff. Despite the importance of integrity to policing, the extensive literature on the causes and consequences of police misconduct, police culture and the code of silence, a significant knowledge gap exists in respect of the integrity of police staff and their opinions of misconduct. Having identified these gaps, a methodology was developed that built on previous studies of policing integrity conducted in the US, England & Wales and Australia. This methodology, which consisted of an anonymous electronic survey distributed to every employee of a police force in the north of England, provided the most appropriate means of collecting the information that was needed to examine any variances between civilian police staff and police officers. The results of the survey showed that despite there being some similarities between the two groups, there were a number of significant differences between police officers and police staff in respect of the views and opinions on integrity, thereby substantiating the research hypothesis. The key finding of this research project was that in spite of the literature affirming the strength of the '����blue code of silence' amongst police officers, police staff were actually less likely to report incidents of misconduct than officers, especially in the scenarios viewed as being the most serious overall. This therefore indicated that the code of silence amongst police staff may actually be stronger than that said to exist amongst police officers. This dissertation also offers explanations as to why this might be the case.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:14

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