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This chapter defines corruption within a police setting and examines how corruption, indiscipline and unethical conduct can manifest itself within police organisations. It also examines ways of addressing police corruption and maintaining ethical standards. Solutions include not only strategies, policies and procedures, but also leadership and supervision. A report on police integrity published in the United Kingdom by the Inspectorate of Constabulary opposes and actively discourages the acceptance of gratuities and gifts. Integrity testing can include dip-sampling of bank accounts, particularly of organised crime investigators and informant handlers who may be exposed to the temptation of receiving corrupt payments from criminals. Experienced officials who investigate police corruption and other forms of police misbehaviour insist that effective supervision is the best guarantee of preventing misconduct and lapses in professional standards.

Keywords: effective supervision; gifts; gratuities; integrity testing; police corruption; police integrity; professional standards



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