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Evaluation of Police Officer Integrity Training

NCJ Number
221213
Journal
Journal of Criminal Justice and Security Volume: 8 Issue: 3,4 Dated: December 2006 Pages: 303-308
Author(s)
Branko Lobnikar; Aleksander Koporec; Robert Sumi
Date Published
December 2006
Length
6 pages
Annotation

This paper reports on a survey conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of police officer inservice integrity training course in Slovenia.

Abstract

Of the 44 officers who responded to the survey, 59.1 percent agreed with the statement that the unethical behavior of police officers is encouraged by supervisors who show low levels of integrity. In addition, 65.2 percent agreed with the statement that indifference to integrity is shown through the bad example of police managers or supervisors. In assessing the level of police integrity, most of the participants indicated that levels of integrity in their environment were high. They indicated that the integrity of 75 percent of their supervisors at police stations was very high and that the integrity of 59.1 percent of their front-line supervisors was high. The officers with a higher level of workplace satisfaction more frequently used their supervisor's behavior as a model. Moreover, those police officers who believed that high levels of integrity were crucial for performing police works also believed that high levels of integrity constituted the key factor in dealing with deviant behaviors within the police organization. Given this finding, it is important that police officers and police managers give it priority in training and policy discussions. All respondents to the survey were male officers between the ages of 22 and 48. Their average employment period on the force was 15.8 years. The four main sections of the questionnaire were composed of statements about the meaning of integrity, evaluation of the content of inservice integrity training, and participants' sociodemographic status. Respondents also assessed their work and workplace satisfaction, as well as their competence for police work. 4 tables and 9 references

Date Published: December 1, 2006