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Unformatted text preview: Crime, Law & Social Change (2005) 43: 5779 DOI: 10.1007/s10611-005-3003-1 C Springer 2005 Blue walls, grey areas and cleanups: Issues in the control of police corruption in England and Wales JON MORAN Senior Lecturer in Criminal Justice, Centre for Criminology, University of Glamorgan, Mid Glamorgan, CF37 1DL, UK (e-mail: jmoran@glam.ac.uk) Abstract. This paper examines issues concerned with police corruption and its control in England and Wales. The topic of defining police corruption is addressed, some current areas of risk are described and anti-corruption strategies, particularly those pursued by the London Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), are examined. What appears qualitatively and quantita- tively different in the approach of services such as the MPS and Merseyside Police is the use of an adequately resourced, dedicated anti-corruption unit. This strategy has been but- tressed by preventative measures involving management/administration and ethics/training. Dedicated units have been controversial, and preventative measures raise questions concern- ing evaluation. Nevertheless the approach to corruption bears comparison with that adopted by other major police services in other jurisdictions and represents a break with previ- ous and unsuccessful efforts at corruption control in major police forces in England and Wales. Introduction This article examines police corruption in England and Wales. 1 This article briefly addresses the debate over police corruption, identifies some risk ar- eas, details some current strategies being employed to control corruption, and addresses debates concerning their effectiveness. The article argues that the current anti-corruption process is qualitatively different from those, which have preceded it in terms of scope, policy commitment and the fact that many of the reforms can be situated as part of the wider new public man- agement reforms, which have been instituted in the criminal justice system during the last decade and a half. The article briefly situates these issues in international context, since many of the anti-corruption reforms in the UK have been enacted in the light of experiences in Australia, Hong Kong and particularly the USA. The article also argues that a stress on a dedicated agency remains vital, at least in large urban services, because such agencies must form the bedrock of any credible strategy, and because questions can be raised over the effectiveness of complementary preventative and training reforms. 58 J. MORAN The problem of defining police corruption On a broad level, police corruption is a form of organisational deviance in the public sector. Police and public sector organisations demonstrate a number of elements in common. These include the fact that the police, like other public sector organisations exercise allocative power (i.e. they dispense services or resources) in a quasi or non-market environment. Police and public sector organisations also display a distinct culture and ethos, part of this involving a...
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