Continuum of Police Crime: An Empirical Study of Court Cases
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The great majority of police officers are committed to honourable and competent public service and consistently demonstrate integrity and accountability in carrying out the often difficult, complex and sometimes dangerous activities involved in policing by consent. However, in every police agency there exists an element of dishonesty, lack of professionalism and criminal behaviour. This article is based on archival research of criminal behaviour in the Norwegian police force. A total of 60 police employees were prosecuted in court because of misconduct and crime from 2005 to 2010. Court cases were coded as two potential predictors of court sentence in terms of imprisonment days, ie, type of deviance and level of deviance. Categories of police crime and levels were organised according to a conceptual framework developed for assessing and managing police deviance. Empirical findings support the hypothesis that as the seriousness of police crime increases in breadth and depth so also does the severity of the court sentence as measured by time in prison.
International Journal of Police Science & Management
Geoff Dean and Petter Gottschalk, Continuum of Police Crime: An Empirical Study of Court Cases, International Journal of Police Science and Management Vol. 13 No. 1, 2011, pp. 16–28, 2011. Copyright 2011 The Authors. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.
Criminology not elsewhere classified