Cultures of Police Integrity and Discourtesy, Excessive Force and Perjury

Carl B. Klockars, University of Delaware
Sanja Kutnjak Ivkovich, Harvard Law School

Earlier research efforts have demonstrated that it is possible to measure both absolute and relative dimensions of police integrity both within individual police agencies, between agencies, across cultures, and over time. However, these measures of integrity have largely been restricted to resistance to temptations to abuse the prerogatives of the police office for gain. More recently and on a somewhat more limited basis we have expanded measurement of the resistance of four particiular police cultures to other types of misconduct: discourtesy to citizens, use of excessive force, abuse of arrest discretion, and perjury. Based on our experience with measurng resistance to these types of misconduct, we argue that there is no reason why the measurement strategy we developed cannot be applied to an even wider array of types of misconduct.

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