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Police officers’ support for corruption: examining the impact of police culture

Moses Agaawena Amagnya (School of Justice, Security and Sustainability, Institute of Policing, Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent, UK)

Policing: An International Journal

ISSN: 1363-951X

Article publication date: 17 October 2022

Issue publication date: 17 February 2023




This study examines the relationship between police culture and support for corruption among Ghanaian police officers.


The study draws on data from a survey of 616 police officers across three regions in Ghana. The research questions and hypotheses are addressed through a hierarchical regression analysis.


The results show that perception of corruption prevalence, lack of deterrence (i.e. perceived oversight measures) and the Upper East Region significantly predicted officers’ support for corruption. Particularly, lack of deterrence was a consistent predictor of support for corruption across different models compared to corruption prevalence. Contrary to previous studies, code of silence was found not to predict officers’ support for corruption.


This paper contributes to the police culture and corruption debate an African perspective, where little research has explored the relationship between police culture and corruption. The code of silence not predicting support for corruption contradicts previous studies and contributes to the debate, literature and theory development.



Amagnya, M.A. (2023), "Police officers’ support for corruption: examining the impact of police culture", Policing: An International Journal, Vol. 46 No. 1, pp. 84-99.



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