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Viviana Andreescu (), Deborah G. Keeling, Gennaro F. Vito and Maria Cristina Voinic
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Viviana Andreescu: Dept. of Justice Administration, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 40292, USA
Deborah G. Keeling: Department of Justice Administration, University of Louisville
Gennaro F. Vito: Department of Justice Administration, University of Louisville
Maria Cristina Voinic: Academia de Poliţie „A. I. Cuza”, Bucharest, Romania

Revista Romana de Sociologie, 2012, vol. 3-4, 185-207

Abstract: This exploratory comparative study compares how police officers belonging to two different cultures regard various types of police corruption, how severely they think transgressions should be punished, and how willing they are to report infractions. In order to measure police integrity and to identify the potential for police misconduct we applied the methodology developed in the United States by C.B. Klockars and his colleagues. The present quantitative analysis is based on survey data obtained from two convenience samples, consisting of American police officers who recently attended the Administrative Officer's course at the Southern Police Institute in the United States and Romanian police officers enrolled in or graduates of the Master's program at the Romanian Police Academy). Even if a potential for unethical behavior was detected in both groups under study, results show that Romanian police officers appear to have a higher level of tolerance toward police misconduct than their American counterparts.

Keywords: police corruption; police integrity; code of silence; Romanian police; American police (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012
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