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Police officers’ support for corruption: Examining the impact of police culture

AMAGNYA, Moses (2022) Police officers’ support for corruption: Examining the impact of police culture. Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management. ISSN 1363-951X

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Purpose: This study examines the relationship between police culture and support for corruption among Ghanaian police officers.
Design/methodology/approach: The study draws on data from a survey of 616 Police officers across three regions in Ghana. The research questions and hypotheses are addressed through a multiple linear regression analysis.
Findings/results: The results show that perception of corruption prevalence, lack of deterrence (i.e., perceived oversight measures) and the Upper East Region significantly predicted officers’ support for corruption. Particularly, lack of deterrence was a consistent predictor of support for corruption across different models compared to corruption prevalence. Contrary to previous studies, code of silence was found not to predict officers’ support for corruption.
Originality/value: This paper contributes to the police culture and corruption debate an African perspective, where little research has explored the relationship between police culture and corruption. The code of silence not predicting support for corruption contradicts previous studies and contributes to the debate, literature, and theory development.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ghana, corruption, police culture, code of silence, deterrence, prevalence
Faculty: School of Law, Policing and Forensics > Sociology, Criminology and Terrorism
Depositing User: Moses AMAGNYA
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2022 17:01
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2023 14:04

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