Conflict of interest in policing: problems, practices, and principles

Cindy Davids

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Conflict of interest allegations have become a prominent part of the landscape of political and public sector ethics in Australia and overseas. The arena of policing has not been immune from this problem and this book is based on unique and unfettered access to ten years of internal investigation files held by Victoria Police. Through detailed analysis of actual complaint cases it gives the reader a comprehensive map by which to chart the particular kinds of interests involved, the nature of conflicts with official police duties, and the particular contexts from which conflicts of interest emerge. The book examines conflicts of interest across the private and public realm of the everyday lives of police officers. The author outlines how the problem of conflict of interest is an important aspect of police ethics, arguing that recognition of, and accountability for, conflict of interest may be a significant element in preventing upstream police misconduct and corruption. Conflict of Interest in Policing seeks to provide a conceptual and practical understanding of how integrity and trust must be integrated into the profession of policing through processes of active responsibility, rather than more traditional passive obedience to prescriptive rules.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSydney
PublisherInstitute of Criminology Press
ISBN (Print)9780975196762
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Publication series

NameSydney Institute of Criminology monograph series
PublisherInstitute of Criminology Press


  • Victoria Police
  • Conflict of interests--Victoria
  • Police--Victoria
  • Police ethics--Victoria
  • Police administration--Victoria
  • Conflict of interest
  • Police accountability
  • Police corruption
  • Police ethics


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