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QLD QPS Ethics Survey - First Year Constables

Discussion in 'Politics, Laws, Government & Insurance' started by Justus, Jan 2, 2011.

  1. These thread follows on from posts by pseudo cops in this thread.

    A Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC) 158-page report that analysed police ethics surveys undertaken by recruits
    and first year constables (FYCs) over a 14-year period, from 1995 to 2008 shows that within one year of joining the
    police service, the ethical standards of officers may start to decline and their attitudes towards various aspects of the
    organisation may start to become negative.

    It also raises concern about widespread reluctance among recruits and FYCs to formally report misconduct to the QPS
    or the CMC. Under the Police Service Administration Act, any QPS officer (including a recruit) who 'knows or reasonably
    suspects' that misconduct has occurred is obliged to report this to the Police Commissioner and the CMC Chairperson.

    Of the recruits and FYCs surveyed, around half said they would not report to the QPS an officer who (hypothetically)
    steals confiscated drugs from police property and sells them on the street. Similarly, just over half of the FYCs and
    over a third of recruits said they would not report this behaviour to the CMC. Altogether, 15 per cent of recruits and
    around a quarter of FYCs said they would not report this behaviour to either agency.

    Although an increasing number indicated their willingness to take some action in response to the bulk of 12 misconduct
    scenarios in the survey, most often this involved informal action, such as talking to a senior officer or the officer

    The findings also reveal the majority of recruits and FYCs believe whistleblowers are likely to be ostracised by their
    peers. Over two-thirds of recruits and 80 per cent of FYCs agreed that an officer who reports misconduct is likely to
    be 'given the cold shoulder'.

    From the report:

    Despite many positive changes over time, we identified a number of areas that deserve further attention. Among the
    recruits and FYCs we found:

    • relatively lenient views towards some types of improper behaviour
    • perceptions that QPS officers who are involved in many kinds of wrongdoing are unlikely to be caught
    • apparent reluctance to take action over police misconduct, particularly to formally report officers to the QPS and the CMC
    • perceptions, particularly among FYCs, that the QPS’s management approach is overly focused on punishing officers who
    do the wrong thing, and not on rewarding officers who do the right thing

    To that last point, there should be no more reward than just doing their job, suppressing crime is their job so to expect
    extra reward for just doing their job is just greedy, and that is what leads to corruption, GREED.

    Link: The Ethical Perceptions/attitudes of QPS Recruits & First Year Constables by the Crime and Misconduct Commission.

    For more info: Shelley.Thomas@cmc.qld.gov.au