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A necessary safety net: Use of a confidential internal telephone line to report unethical behaviour

Rajakaruna, N.; Henry, P.J. and Scott, A.J.. 2015. A necessary safety net: Use of a confidential internal telephone line to report unethical behaviour. Police Practice and Research: An International Journal, 16(5), pp. 431-443. ISSN 1561-4263 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

This study examined employee likelihood of using a confidential internal telephone line (the Blueline) to discuss an ethical issue or to report unethical behaviour within a policing context. One-hundred and sixty-six Western Australia Police employees completed an online survey. Regression analysis indicated three factors that were significantly related to an increased likelihood of using the Blueline. These factors were: support for the existence of an internal reporting system, belief that agency support would be adequate during/after using the Blueline and perceived need for an anonymous internal reporting system. Although likelihood of using the Blueline was low, employees expressed that the telephone line was necessary for situations when other reporting avenues are deemed unsuitable.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1080/15614263.2014.932695

Keywords:

internal reporting, police, misconduct, corruption

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology > Forensic Psychology Unit

Dates:

DateEvent
20 May 2014Accepted
7 July 2014Published Online
2015Published

Item ID:

20432

Date Deposited:

18 May 2017 10:54

Last Modified:

18 May 2017 11:26

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/20432

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