Keeping up Ethical Standards When Fighting Organized Crime: A Case Study in Law Enforcement

Emile Kolthoff, Hans Nelen

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This chapter provides an account of a research into serious integrity violations within four Dutch law-enforcement organizations—the Police, Customs, the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee (KMar), and the Fiscal Information and Investigation Service (FIOD)— that could be linked to organized crime (Nelen and Kolthoff 2017). Following a number of notorious cases involving the provision of confidential police information to criminals by a police officer, and the involvement of customs officers in drug trafficking and corruption, the
question was raised in the Dutch parliament in 2016 whether these cases were isolated incidents or reflected structural problems within law-enforcement agencies. The research that was conducted to answer this question also covered various issues in relation to the prevention and repression of serious integrity violations within law enforcement. In this chapter, an overview will be provided of the main research results. We also delve into possible causes of the integrity
violations we found, and reflect on some possible remedies to prevent them.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlobal Corruption and Ethics Management
Subtitle of host publicationTranslating Theory into Action
EditorsCarole L. Jurkiewicz
PublisherRowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781538117415
ISBN (Print)9781538117392
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2019


  • Corruption; Integrity; Law enforcement; prevention


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