Misuse of police information systems: Predicting perceived likelihood of misuse amongst unsworn police employees

Rajakaruna, N.; Henry, P.J. and Scott, A.J.. 2021. Misuse of police information systems: Predicting perceived likelihood of misuse amongst unsworn police employees. Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, 15(2), pp. 686-700. ISSN 1752-4512 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

Police information systems (ISs) contain highly sensitive data. Misuse of these systems poses a significant risk to agency integrity and personal privacy. In order to prevent this form of misconduct, police agencies must implement strategies that address factors associated with employee misuse. The aim of this research was to determine factors associated with the perceived likelihood of engaging in IS misuse among a sample of employees from an Australian police agency. Two hundred and eighty-seven unsworn police staff completed an online survey that investigated a number of factors, shown in previous research, to be relevant to IS misuse. Findings demonstrated that access to the IS, perceived appropriateness of and concern regarding IS misuse, and perceived certainty of punishment were relevant in explaining the perceived likelihood of IS misuse. Implications are discussed in relation to the focus of agency prevention strategies and the need for future research in the area.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1093/police/paz034

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology > Forensic Psychology Unit

Dates:

DateEvent
8 May 2019Accepted
5 July 2019Published Online
June 2021Published

Item ID:

28100

Date Deposited:

21 Jan 2020 16:28

Last Modified:

31 Aug 2021 10:17

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

https://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/28100

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