Whistle-Blowing and the Code of Silence in Police Agencies

  title={Whistle-Blowing and the Code of Silence in Police Agencies},
  author={Gary R. Rothwell and J. Norman Baldwin},
  journal={Crime \& Delinquency},
  pages={605 - 632}
This article reports the findings from a study that investigates predictors of police willingness to blow the whistle and police frequency of blowing the whistle on seven forms of misconduct. It specifically investigates the capacity of nine policy and structural variables to predict whistle-blowing. The results indicate that two variables, a policy mandating the reporting of misconduct and supervisory status, surface as the most consistent predictors of whistle-blowing. Contrary to popular… 

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