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Police Corruption: Essential Readings

Edited by Leslie Holmes, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of Melbourne, Australia and Recurrent Visiting Professor, University of Bologna, Italy, Graduate School for Social Research, Warsaw, Poland and People's University, Beijing, China
Police corruption is unquestionably one of the worst forms of corruption, as it can become a serious security issue and undermine a state’s legitimacy.

This single volume brings together the most informative scholarly and practitioner contributions on the subject in recent decades. It covers major aspects of police corruption, including its significance and impact, public perceptions, the causes of corruption and the problem of police culture. It details the situation in selected countries, and explores how and with what success they have addressed the problem.
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Publication Date: 2014
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  • Law - Academic
  • Corruption and Economic Crime
  • Criminal Law and Justice
  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Public Policy
Police corruption is unquestionably one of the worst forms of corruption, as it can become a serious security issue and undermine a state’s legitimacy.

This single volume brings together the most informative scholarly and practitioner contributions on the subject in recent decades. It covers major aspects of police corruption, including its significance and impact, public perceptions, the causes of corruption and the problem of police culture. It details the situation in selected countries, and explores how and with what success they have addressed the problem.

The book will be valuable to students of criminology and political science as well as practitioners and policymakers. While the general reader will also find much in this collection that is simultaneously fascinating and disturbing.

In his insightful and thought-provoking introduction, Professor Holmes highlights the richness of the subject and current research. However, much is still contested and much remains to be done in this topical and crucial area.

30 articles, dating from 1974 to 2012
Contributors include: D. Bayley, J. Crank, S.K. Ivkovic,; J. Kleinig, T. Newburn, T. Prenzler, M. Punch, J.S.T. Quah, L. Sherman, J. Skolnick
Contents

Acknowledgements

Introduction Leslie Templeman Holmes

PART I DEFINITIONAL AND CLASSIFICATORY ASPECTS
1. Maurice Punch (2009), ‘What is Corruption? Definition and Forms of Police Corruption’
2. Taleh Sayed and David Bruce (1998), ‘Police Corruption: Towards a Working Definition’
3. John Kleinig (1996), ‘Gratuities and Corruption’

PART II THE SIGNIFICANCE AND IMPACT OF POLICE CORRUPTION
4. Ronald Weitzer (2002), ‘Incidents of Police Misconduct and Public Opinion’
5. L.W.J.C. (Leo) Huberts, M. (Muel) Kaptein and K. (Karin) Lasthuizen (2007), ‘A Study of the Impact of Three Leadership Styles on Integrity Violations Committed by Police Officers’
6. Justice Tankebe (2010), ‘Public Confidence in the Police: Testing the Effects of Public Experiences of Police Corruption in Ghana’

PART III PROBLEMS OF MEASUREMENT AND PERCEPTIONS OF POLICE CORRUPTION [63 pp]
7. Sanja Kutnjak Ivkovic (2005), ‘Police (Mis)behavior: A Cross-cultural Study of Corruption Seriousness’
8. Adrian Beck and Ruth Lee (2002), ‘Attitudes to Corruption amongst Russian Police Officers and Trainees’
9. In Soo Son and Dennis M. Rome (2004), ‘The Prevalence and Visibility of Police Misconduct: A Survey of Citizens and Police Officers’

PART IV THE SITUATION IN PARTICULAR COUNTRIES
10. Joel Miller (2003), ‘Contemporary Police Corruption’
11. Maurice Punch (2009), ‘The US: from Pad to Crew’
12. Theodore P. Gerber and Sarah E. Mendelson (2008), ‘Public Experiences of Police Violence and Corruption in Contemporary Russia: A Case of Predatory Policing?’
13. Elaine Jeffreys (2010), ‘Exposing Police Corruption and Malfeasance: China’s Virgin Prostitute Cases’

PART V POLICE CULTURE
14. Jerome H. Skolnick (2002), ‘Corruption and the Blue Code of Silence’
15. Andrew Goldsmith (1990), ‘Taking Police Culture Seriously: Police Discretion and the Limits of Law’
16. Janet Chan (1996), ‘Changing Police Culture’
17. Jerome H. Skolnik (2008), ‘Enduring Issues of Police Culture and Demographics’
18. Marilyn Corsianos (2012), ‘The Role of the Masculinist Police Culture in Police Corruption’
19. John Crank, Dan Flaherty and Andrew Giacomazzi (2007), ‘The Noble Cause: An Empirical Assessment’

PART VI OTHER CAUSES OF POLICE CORRUPTION
20. Lawrence Sherman (1974), ‘Introduction: Towards a Sociological Theory of Police Corruption’
21. Tim Newburn (1999), ‘The Causes of Police Corruption’
22. Hubert Williams (2002), ‘Core Factors of Police Corruption across the World’
23. Louise E. Porter and Celia Warrender (2009), ‘A Multivariate Model of Police Deviance: Examining the Nature of Corruption, Crime and Misconduct’
24. Kam C. Wong (1998), ‘A Reflection on Police Abuse of Power in the People's Republic of China’

PART VII COUNTERING POLICE CORRUPTION
25. Tim Prenzler (2011), ‘The Evolution of Police Oversight in Australia’
26. Jon Moran (2002), ‘Anti-Corruption Reforms in the Police: Current Strategies and Issues’
27. Jon S.T. Quah (2006), ‘Preventing Police Corruption in Singapore: The Role of Recruitment, Training and Socialisation’
28. Matthew Devlin (2010), ‘Seizing the Reform Moment: Rebuilding Georgia’s Police’
29. Jinhua Cheng (2009), ‘Police Corruption Control in Hong Kong and New York City: A Dilemma of Checks and Balances in Combating Corruption’
30. David Bayley and Robert Perito (2011), ‘Police Corruption: What Past Scandals Teach about Current Challenges’