Dark networks: criminal collaboration in Australian police forces

Merrington, Shannon (2017). Dark networks: criminal collaboration in Australian police forces PhD Thesis, School of Justice, Queensland University of Technology.

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Author Merrington, Shannon
Thesis Title Dark networks: criminal collaboration in Australian police forces
School, Centre or Institute School of Justice
Institution Queensland University of Technology
Publication date 2017-03-07
Thesis type PhD Thesis
Open Access Status Other
Supervisor Mark Lauchs
Robyn Keast
Cassandra Cross
Total pages 366
Language eng
Subjects 220107 Professional Ethics (incl. police and research ethics)
1602 Criminology
160201 Causes and Prevention of Crime
Abstract/Summary The study aimed to investigate why police officers engage in corruption, the role of trust in facilitating and bonding officers together to allow them to participate in large-scale or serious corruption, and the network structures that result from these relationships. The findings revealed that officers collaborated and operated under a network structure reinforced by a subculture of unwritten rules, codes and acceptance by senior officers. This network was found to be dynamic, shifting in structure, membership and activity, but remained highly clustered and cohesive around a few core actors in the network. Additionally, the corruption network operated on relationships based on collaborations of trust. Officers used trustworthiness attributes, personal experience and third party information to assess whether a fellow officer was trustworthy enough to be a member of the corruption network, which resulted in a ‘pipeline’ of trust.
Keyword Police corruption
Social network analysis
Additional Notes The URL for the eprint record is http://eprints.qut.edu.au/103632/

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Created: Tue, 07 Mar 2017, 10:51:59 EST by Shannon Merrington on behalf of UQ Business School