The Role of the Media as an Influence on Police Integrity in Poland

Piotr Walancik, Polish National Police
Maria (Maki) Haberfeld, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Accountability for police misconduct can be achieved by, both, external and internal control of a given force. The Polish National Police Force is subjected to a number of internal and external mechanisms of control. The focus of this paper is on the external mechanisms, which include the office of the Ombudsman, the office of the Attorney General and, third informal mechanism, the Media. The pervasive influence of daily and weekly newspapers and the pressure they exert on investigations of police misconduct are analyzed and discussed, with specific examples from three cities experiencing instances of police corruption.

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