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A multi -site case study involving ten police foundations: Examining integrity and ethics relative to the establishment and maintenance of best practices

Charles L Walters, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


This qualitative research report used a multi-site case study to provide in-depth historical information on ten police foundations from throughout the United States. A series of questions were presented to foundation presidents, executive directors and chief executives of law enforcement organizations regarding integrity and ethical issues. Personal on-site interviews, examination of archival documents, and perusal of relevant literature focused on philosophical definitions of ethics and integrity relative to government organizations and with comparison to those of the non-profit sector. ^ The data were analyzed with the objective of finding commonalities, differences, or idiosyncrasies to aid in creation and operation of police foundations recognized for exemplary ethical practices. ^ It was concluded ethical standards or guidelines leading to such practices should be established at the earliest possible time, and police foundations should strive to ensure impartial monitoring of such practices. Areas for further research include establishment of national ethical guidelines and standards for police foundations; processes by which colleges and universities develop homeland security programs in conjunction with local police departments and police foundations; collaborative efforts by law enforcement organizations and police foundations in conjunction with community based Better Business Bureau organizations to educate and assist donors to make sound giving decisions and when done it should be publicized to cultivate public confidence in charitable organizations. ^ Finally, the establishment of ethical standards will support honest solicitation practices, require ethical conduct by all who are involved with police foundations, and likely would have a salutary affect on development of philanthropy in respective communities. ^

Subject Area

Education, Administration|Political Science, Public Administration

Recommended Citation

Walters, Charles L, "A multi -site case study involving ten police foundations: Examining integrity and ethics relative to the establishment and maintenance of best practices" (2004). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI3126971.