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Organizational Justice and Police Misconduct

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This course is based upon material published in the journal Criminal Justice and Behavior by Sage Publications on behalf of the International Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology (IACFP).  This course, including the continuing education credits are offered free of charge as a benefit to all IACFP members via the web link http://cjb.sagepub.com/content/38/4/332.full.pdf+html

Although police misconduct has interested policing scholars for many years, extant research has been largely atheoretical and has ignored the role of organizational justice in understanding the behavior. This study uses survey data from a random sample of 483 police officers employed in the Philadelphia Police Department to explore the role of organizational justice in police misconduct. Results indicate that officers who view their agency as fair and just in managerial practices are less likely to adhere to the code of silence or believe that police corruption in pursuit of a noble cause is justified. Furthermore, perceptions of organizational justice are associated with lower levels of engagement in several forms of police misconduct. The results suggest that organizational justice is a promising framework to understand police misconduct and may help guide police administrators in the implementation of effective management strategies to reduce the incidence of the behavior.

Forensic and clinical psychologists can benefit from this course.  In addition, this course is appropriate for social workers and professional counselors, especially those interested in forensic psychology or those who work within the criminal justice system. This course is appropriate for intermediate and advanced level practitioners who wish to enhance their knowledge of organizational justice and police misconduct. 

Authors: Wolfe, and Piquero

Learning Objectives: This course will provide the practitioner with detailed information regarding police misconduct.  Specifically, a professional will:

  • Identify the reasons why police officers abuse their power and engage in misconduct.

  • Distinguish the effectiveness of implementing managerial practices shaped by organizational justice.

  • Describe the role of organizational justice in understanding the behavior associated with police misconduct.

Citation:   Wolfe, S. C., Piquero, A. R., (2011). Organizational Justice and Police Misconduct. Criminal Justice and Behavior Vol 38 No 4

 

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