The purpose of this paper is to examine the contours of police integrity among Chinese police officers. Specifically, this study explores how Chinese police evaluate integrity based on official policy governing interactions, discipline governing infractions, views of seriousness, and willingness to inform when others engage in misconduct.
In total, 353 police officers were surveyed representing those attending in-service training program at a Chinese police university in May 2015. Questionnaires containing 11 scenarios describing police misbehaviors were distributed to officers during classes.
There was a strong correlation between officers’ perceptions of rule-violation, misconduct seriousness, discipline, and willingness to report. Additionally, preliminary results suggest there exists a code of silence among Chinese officers, and that Chinese officers hold a lenient attitude toward the use of excessive force.
This study utilizes a convenient sample, which restricts the generalizability of the results.
The results indicate the existence of code of silence among Chinese officers and their lenient attitude toward the use of excessive force.
Although there has been a growing body of research examining police integrity in both western democracies and transitional societies, China as the largest developing nation in the world and with a unique police system (falls somewhere between the centralized model and the integrated model) is understudied. This study addresses this gap in previous literature by exploring the contours of police integrity among Chinese police officers.
Wu, G., Makin, D.A., Li, Y., Boateng, F.D. and Abess, G. (2018), "Police integrity in China", Policing: An International Journal, Vol. 41 No. 5, pp. 563-577. https://doi.org/10.1108/PIJPSM-01-2017-0008
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