SAGE Journal Articles

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Article 1: Vito, G. F., Wolfe, S., Higgins, G. E., & Walsh, W. F. (2011). Police integrity: Rankings of scenarios on the Klockars Scale by “management cops.” Criminal Justice Review, 36(2), 152–164. doi: 10.1177/0734016810384502

Summary: Policing is recognized as a morally dangerous profession. This study extends analyses of police corruption via a scale developed by Carl Klockars by surveying police managers attending the Administrative Officers’ Course at the Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville. The findings indicate that these police managers acknowledge the existence of a questionable moral climate in police agencies and a tolerance for official misconduct that is troubling to consider.

Questions to Consider:

  1. What is “police corruption?” How is it controlled?
  2. Explain the Klockars scale.
  3. What were the findings of the current study? Were there variations among the sergeants, middle managers, and supervisors with regard to what was considered corruption?