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Ethics and Integrity of Governance

Ethics and Integrity of Governance

Perspectives Across Frontiers

New Horizons in Public Policy series

Edited by Leo W.J.C. Huberts, Jeroen Maesschalk and Carole L. Jurkiewicz

This book provides critical, up-to-date reviews on the field of ethics and integrity of governance, along with fresh future perspectives. Focusing on Europe and the US, it addresses the key dimensions of public service values, the integrity and rationality of governance, ethics management, and the ethics of governance politics. In each of these four areas, leading international scholars tackle the main issues and controversies facing the world today. The final chapter synthesizes these views and provides an ambitious and critical outline for future work in the field of ethics and integrity of governance. Emanating from the much heralded ‘transatlantic dialogue’, this study integrates both the European and American perspectives into a common voice for action.

Chapter 10: How to Encourage Ethical Behaviour: The Impact of Police Leadership on Police Officers Taking Gratuities

Terry Lamboo, Karin Lasthuizen and Leo W.J.C. Huberts

Subjects: business and management, organisation studies, politics and public policy, leadership, public policy, regulation and governance


10. How to encourage ethical behavior: the impact of police leadership on police officers taking gratuities Terry Lamboo, Karin Lasthuizen and Leo W.J.C. Huberts INTRODUCTION The police are responsible for upholding the law and as a result are held to a high personal standard. Behavior that is condoned in citizens, business or other public offices, can lead to scandal if committed by police officers (Elliston, 1985; Presidents Commission, 1967), such as the public’s reaction to police officers receiving and asking for gratuities. Gifts and discounts can be questionable or can appear to be questionable because they might influence the decisions of police officers. As a consequence, many police organizations formulated policies on gratuities in order to protect the integrity of police officers, their organization and their profession. The International Association of Chiefs of Police (1995), for example, took a zero tolerance stance towards gratuities. Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC, 1999), however, simply advised that police leadership in the United Kingdom should make clear under which conditions gifts or gratuities could be accepted. Little is yet known of the effectiveness of efforts of police associations, police forces and police management to influence the practice of taking gratuities. Empirical research on the Dutch situation can shed some light on this issue. Gratuities construed as examples of corruption are not unfamiliar occurrences to the Dutch police and contributed to a major scandal involving the Amsterdam police in the late 1970s (Van Laere...

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