Internal reporting of unethical behaviour within WA Police: the effectiveness of the Blueline
Internal reporting by police officers and staff about the behaviour of fellow employees is a useful mechanism for detecting corrupt and unethical behaviour (Hayes & Lauchs, 2009; Her Majesty’s Inspectorate, 1999; UN Office of Drugs and Crime, 2006; US Department of Justice).
Although the purpose of internal integrity systems is to increase the reporting of unethical conduct, effectiveness extends beyond the issue of frequency of reporting. Research demonstrates that many other factors contribute to the effectiveness of internal integrity systems, including the implementation of rules and laws; an internal acceptance and endorsement of the system; training and education; the provision of information; transparency; post-report support; and well-functioning accountability mechanisms.
The ‘Blueline’ is a confidential internal mechanism for dealing with unethical conduct such as corruption, serious misconduct, racism and harassment. In partnership with WA Police, this evaluation research seeks to determine if the Blueline is an effective means of managing unethical conduct.
This research considers effectiveness from the perspective of WA Police who have not used the Blueline, WA Police who have used the Blueline and WA Police who are responsible for managing the Blueline.