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Seriousness of Police (Mis)Behavior and Organizational Justice

  • Sanja Kutnjak Ivković
  • M. R. Haberfeld
  • Irena Cajner Mraović
  • Marko Prpić
  • Joseph A. Hamm
  • Scott Wolfe
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Abstract

Based on the survey of 495 police officers from the Croatian capital of Zagreb, this chapter explores the relation between organizational justice and police integrity. Grounded in the theory of police integrity and the related methodology developed by Klockars and colleagues, our study incorporates a number of hypothetical scenarios, ranging from police corruption and use of excessive force, to organizational deviance and interpersonal deviance. Bivariate analyses show that, for the overwhelming majority of scenarios included in the questionnaire, the police officers’ evaluations of procedural, distributive, and interactional justice are strongly related to the their evaluations of misconduct seriousness. In subsequent logistic regression models that control for demographic factors (e.g., length of service, supervisory position) and organizational factors (e.g., knowledge of official rules, severity of expected discipline), we find that evaluations of organizational justice are strong predictors of the respondents’ seriousness evaluations in about two-thirds of the scenarios. Our findings also demonstrate that relative evaluations of seriousness (i.e., how serious each scenario is evaluated compared to the other scenarios in the questionnaire) are not related to the police officers’ perceptions of organizational justice.

Keywords

Police integrity Organizational justice Procedural justice Distributive justice Interactional justice Police misconduct Police deviance 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sanja Kutnjak Ivković
    • 1
  • M. R. Haberfeld
    • 2
  • Irena Cajner Mraović
    • 3
    • 4
  • Marko Prpić
    • 5
  • Joseph A. Hamm
    • 6
  • Scott Wolfe
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Criminal JusticeMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA
  2. 2.John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New YorkNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.Department of Croatian StudiesUniversity of ZagrebZagrebCroatia
  4. 4.City Assembly of the City of ZagrebZagrebCroatia
  5. 5.The Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation SciencesUniversity of ZagrebZagrebCroatia
  6. 6.School of Criminal Justice and Environmental Science and Policy ProgramMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA

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