Police corruption will be the theme of the inaugural
lecture for the Midlands Society of Criminology, being held at the
University of Wolverhampton later this month.
Professor Maurice Punch, of the London School of Economics and
Political Science, will give a talk entitled ‘It’s not the bad
apples but the rotten orchard: corruption and police organisational
The event has been organised by the University and British
Society of Criminology, and all are welcome to attend.
A leading international authority in his field, Professor
Punch’s lecture is based on his book ‘Police Corruption: Deviance,
Accountability And Reform In Policing’.
Professor Punch’s book argues that corruption is not one entity
but covers many deviant and criminal practices in policing. It
rejects the 'bad apple' metaphor and focuses on 'bad orchards';
meaning not individual, but institutional failure. Professor Punch
will raise issues around why police break the law and 'who controls
Dr Kate Williams, Executive Secretary of the British Society of
Criminology and Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of
Wolverhampton, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming Professor
Punch for what should be a very interesting and thought-provoking
The lecture will take place in the University’s Millennium City
Building, MC001, Wednesday March 24, at 4pm. It will be followed by
a wine reception.
Students from the University’s BSc (Hons) Policing degree will
also be attending. The course is giving students a solid foundation
for a professional career in the force and allied occupations.
For more information contact Dr Kate Williams: firstname.lastname@example.org or
Professor P A J Waddington: email@example.com.
More information about the book is available from Willan
The website states: “The book provides a fresh, accessible overview
of this under-researched topic for students, academics, police and
criminal justice officials and members of oversight agencies.”
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Date issued: Monday 15 March 2010
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