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WIDER USES OF INTEGRITY TESTING

WIDER USES OF INTEGRITY TESTING

  • The concept need not be confined to police activities. In some countries hidden television cameras have been used in the ordinary process of criminal investigations to monitor the illicit activities being conducted in the chambers (or private offices) of judges, capturing corrupt transactions between judges and members of the legal profession.
  • The “integrity testing” technique might therefore be developed in the context of judicial integrity testing. It would also seem to have potential for use in other areas where the public sector is engaged in direct transactions with members of the public, particularly in customs.
  • The possibilities the technique presents for the developing world have yet to be thoroughly explored. However, on face value there would seem to be considerable merit in establishing a system that is known to all officials (be they police, customs or elsewhere in the system), at the very least, as a means for tackling and reducing levels of petty corruption.

A CAUTIONARY NOTE

Integrity testing has to be developed and conducted very carefully. It is essential, for instance, that the temptation placed in the way of an official is not so great as to tempt even an honest person to succumb. The object is to “test” the integrity of the official, not to render an honest one corrupt through a process of entrapment. More than this, most countries have “agent provocateur” rules in their criminal codes, which act as a judicial check on what is permissible.

  • These rules vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, but they obviously have to be borne in mind. It is important to ensure that the degree of temptation is not extreme.
  • That said, there is no doubt that the New York experience has shown that integrity testing, properly and fairly conducted, is potentially a highly effective weapon for the launching of a campaign to confront systemic corruption in many, public agencies.
  • Some indicators as to the effectiveness of an ethics policy in support of a national integrity system.  WIDER USES OF INTEGRITY TESTING

ETHICS LECTURES

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