A necessary safety net: Use of a confidential internal telephone line to report unethical behaviour
Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Faculty of Business and Law
School of Law and Justice / Sellenger Centre for Research in Law, Justice and Social Change
This study examined employee likelihood of using a confidential internal telephone line (the Blueline) to discuss an ethical issue or to report unethical behaviour within a policing context. One-hundred and sixty-six Western Australia Police employees completed an online survey. Regression analysis indicated three factors that were significantly related to an increased likelihood of using the Blueline. These factors were: support for the existence of an internal reporting system, belief that agency support would be adequate during/after using the Blueline and perceived need for an anonymous internal reporting system. Although likelihood of using the Blueline was low, employees expressed that the telephone line was necessary for situations when other reporting avenues are deemed unsuitable.