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Police Integrity Management in Australia

Global Lessons for Combating Police Misconduct, 1st Edition

By Louise Porter, Tim Prenzler

CRC Press

296 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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In the past two decades, Australia has been the site of major police misconduct scandals and inquiries, leading to reform initiatives at the cutting edge of police integrity management practices. Presenting interviews with key informants and an analysis of key documents, Police Integrity Management in Australia: Global Lessons for Combating Police Misconduct offers a comprehensive study, conducted from 2008 to 2010, of strategies and systems in Australia.

Providing a rare overview and critique of a full suite of policies, institutions, and programs adopted to combat misconduct in policing, this volume:

  • Outlines the global problem of police misconduct and its effects
  • Summarizes current knowledge about best practices in the field, the reality of corruption in Australia, and the reform agenda that has driven major change and experimentation
  • Presents current integrity strategies in place in Australia, covering the rationales, evidence of effectiveness, and difficulties
  • Explores undercover stings, drug and alcohol testing, mediation of complaints, ethics training, and regulating the police use of force

Organized logically for ease of navigation, each chapter contains an "Emerging Issues" section, highlighting some of the more promising and/or innovative integrity strategies as well as looming concerns and ethical issues.

The book concludes with an overall evaluation of the data presented in the body of the book, assessing the strengths and weaknesses of the Australian system and the implications for adoption of these strategies in other police departments around the world.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Police Misconduct and Integrity, International and Australian Perspectives

Historical Background

Recent Cases


Causes of Police Misconduct

The Evolution of Police Integrity Management

The Australian Experience



Australian Federal Police

Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity

Commonwealth Ombudsman

Commonwealth Emerging Issues

New South Wales

New South Wales Police Force

Police Integrity Commission

New South Wales Emerging Issues

Northern Territory

Northern Territory Police

Northern Territory Ombudsman

Northern Territory Emerging Issues


Queensland Police

Crime and Misconduct Commission

Queensland Emerging Issues

South Australia

South Australia Police

Police Complaints Authority

South Australia Emerging Issues


Tasmania Police

Tasmania Ombudsman

Tasmania Emerging Issues


Victoria Police

Office of Police Integrity

Victoria Emerging Issues

Western Australia

Western Australia Police

Corruption and Crime Commission

Western Australia Emerging Issues

Critique and Recommendations

Shared Responsibility for Police Integrity

Customer Service

Complaints Management

Early Intervention

Staff Development

Staff Support and Organisational Culture

Random and Targeted Surveillance Strategies

Knowledge Management/Learning

Emerging Ethical Issues




Advances in Police Theory and Practice


About the Authors

Louise Porter is a Research Fellow in the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security (CEPS) based at Griffith University, Brisbane. She has a BSc (Hons) from the University of Leicester, UK, and an MSC and PhD in Psychology from the University of Liverpool, UK. She is a British Psychological Society Chartered Psychologist and formerly a Lecturer in forensic psychology in the United Kingdom. Her research interests center on interpersonal processes, specifically leadership and peer influence in forensic contexts. Dr. Porter has explored social and organizational features of group crime and, most recently, police corruption and misconduct. Her work on police misconduct has focused on types of misconduct behavior, its causes, and the systems in place to address such behavior. She is also interested in police–citizen interactions, police use of force, and police-related deaths.

Tim Prenzler is a Chief Investigator in the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security (CEPS) and a Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith University, Brisbane. He holds a PhD, MA, and BA (Hons). In CEPS, he manages the Integrity Systems Project, which is focused on advancing knowledge about effective integrity management strategies in policing and security. In 1991, he was a foundation member of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, where he developed and taught courses in situational crime prevention, security management, criminal justice ethics, social justice, and police studies. In addition to integrity research, his current work includes studies on police and security officer safety, security industry regulation, reducing welfare fraud, and improving the integration of women police.

About the Series

Advances in Police Theory and Practice

Presenting volumes that focus on the nexus between research and practice, the Advances in Police Theory and Practice series is geared toward those practitioners and academics seeking to implement the latest innovations in policing from across the world. This series draws from an international community of experts who examine who the police are, what they do, and how they maintain order, administer laws, and serve their communities.

The series eeditor encourages the contribution of works coauthored by police practitioners and researchers. Proposals for contributions to the series may be submitted to the series editor Dilip Das at [email protected]

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Criminal Law / General
LAW / Forensic Science
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Affairs & Administration
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology