The perennial problem of police gratuities : public concerns, political optics, and an accountability ethos

Davids, Cindy and Boyce, Gordon 2008, The perennial problem of police gratuities : public concerns, political optics, and an accountability ethos, Journal of policing, intelligence and counter terrorism, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 44-69.

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Title The perennial problem of police gratuities : public concerns, political optics, and an accountability ethos
Author(s) Davids, Cindy
Boyce, Gordon
Journal name Journal of policing, intelligence and counter terrorism
Volume number 3
Issue number 1
Start page 44
End page 69
Publisher Centre for Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism, Macquarie University
Place of publication Sydney, N.S.W.
Publication date 2008-04
ISSN 1833-5330
2159-5364
Summary Despite the perennial nature of the problem of gratuities in considerations of police ethics, many prior analyses of this issue have rested on anecdotal, piecemeal or hypothetical considerations.. This paper draws on a unique sample of actual complaint cases involving gratuities, providing evidence of a range of public concerns about the problem. Gratuities are analysed and contextualised by reference to the concept of conflict of interest, which draws attention to the potential for the performance of public duty to be tainted in fact or appearance. In either case, public trust in the integrity of the police is damaged, giving rise to "political optics" as a key problem with gratuities.  The paper argues that an accountability ethos must be developed to promote active responsibility and a preparedness to prioritise the public interest in policing.
Language eng
Field of Research 189999 Law and Legal Studies not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970118 Expanding Knowledge in Law and Legal Studies
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2008, Macquarie University
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30032793

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Law
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