How can we build an honest police force?
Tuesday, Wednesday, 9, 10 October 2001
We began by reversing our outcome and asking the question "How can we build a corrupt police force?". This provided a way of getting people to think about the problem in a different way. The ideas are listed below, in column 1.
We then re-reversed the ideas, thus identifying what could be done to build an honest police force - the results see below, in column 2.
|Column 1||Column 2|
|Reduce supervision||Enhance performance review process
Enhance leadership skills
Increase effective supervisions training
|Lower wages||Maybe increase basic pay|
|Cut down on regulations||Appropriate regulations which are clean and enforced|
|Encourage short cuts||Clearly defined procedures|
|Encourage inappropriate associations||Discourage associations, e.g. between police and judiciary etc.|
|Unaccountability||Make police accountable by public meetings|
|Change recruiting processes||Recruit differently (women, graduates and people from outside the culture of corruption)|
|Political control over police||Independent body to control police|
|No selection criteria||Clear and effective selection criteria|
|Remove internal vetting procedures||Vet new staff|
|Reward people inappropriately (e.g. by results etc.)||Consider quantitative measures
"Thank you's" such as commandations/promotion etc.
|Tell people we are open to corruption||Give "top down" message
Increase public awareness
|Reduce all levels of transparency||Increase all levels of transparency|
|Get new specialists
To deal with new specialists
|Increase professionalism via recruitment/training|
|Disempower police via autocratic leadership||Open channels for questioning/allowance for different skills and approaches|