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Perceived corruption actually corrupts, says development bank survey

The perception of corruption leads to actual corruption, according to a Costa Rica-based survey from the Inter-American Development Bank.

The survey found a “statistically significant” increase in respondents’ willingness to bribe a police officer after they were told that corruption was on the rise in Costa Rica. The survey, conducted by Borges y Asociados, collected responses from 4,200 adults living in the Greater Metropolitan Area, covering San José, Alajuela, Cartago and Heredia.

The study supports the notion that corruption is a “self-fulfilling prophesy,” where someone’s willingness to engage in corruption depends on their perception of corruption in society.

In this case, respondents were asked how willing they would be to bribe a police officer to avoid punishment. One group was told that corruption was on the rise or given a flier pointing out judicial inefficiency in Costa Rica while the other did not receive any additional information. Respondents were 28 percent more likely to bribe the police officer after being told the country was more corrupt than the control group.

The IDB’s survey doesn’t necessarily say something about how corrupt Costa Rica is but rather how participants responded to the perception of corruption. According to Transparency International, an organization that tracks corruption globally, Costa Rica was perceived as the least corrupt country in Central America in 2014.

Costa Rica scored 54 on a scale of zero to 100, with zero being the most corrupt and 100 representing the cleanest. The non-militaristic country tied for 47th place worldwide this year, along with Hungary and the African island nation of Mauritius. Chile and Uruguay, which both scored 73, were the least corrupt in Latin America.

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Patricia Donalds

The Time is Now for World Leaders on any and all levels to Boldly, Outloud and Together Declare the ‘War on Corruption’.

Corruption is the True Enemy that is the root of Terror, Violence, Unrest, Injustice, Poverty, Crime , Human and Civil Rights Abuses, Addictions, etc.

Plain and simple.

~ How Corruption Kills the Promise of Social Enterprise

~ One (Difficult) Step to Curbing Extremism – (Fighting Corruption) – Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

~ Corruption: The Unrecognized Threat to International Security – Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (Global Think Tank)

~ U.S. Global Anticorruption Agenda | The White House

~ Crime And Corruption Cost Developing Countries $6.6 Trillion In Past Decade, Report Shows

~ Corruption is keeping anti-government insurgency alive – Khaama Press (KP) | Afghan News Agency

~ Do corrupt governments breed political violence? – (“Thieves of the State”) – The Washington Post

~ FBI – FBI Establishes International Corruption Squads

Wherever you are in the World, in your own jursidictions and capacity, you can do Something, Anything, just One Thing.

And Make a Differcence.

And turn the page of History.

It starts with us.

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Patricia Donalds

All Levels of Law Enforcement Should Make Policy that Polygraphs and Psych Evals for New Hires Expire Every 5yrs. (Including hires for higher ranking positions)

~ National Institute of Ethics: Police Code of Silence – Facts Revealed ~

~ DoD: Random Lie -Detector Tests Increase Personnel Security. (8-6-12) ~ ( “the polygraph is the most effective tool for finding information people are trying to hide”

~ BERNAMA – Polygraph Test Capable Of Addressing Corruption Among Law Enforcers – Crime Analyst (9-26-14)

~ Center for Investigative Reporting ~ “Crossing the line: Corruption at the border” –

~ National Journel – How Drug Cartels Try to Corrupt Federal Employees (4-12-11) –

~ Lie detector proven accurate | New Straits Times

The good, brave officers with integrity deserve better. And so does the public………………..

If officers knew that these tools were in place, maybe they would think twice before breaking the very laws they are sworn to uphold.

Break the Code. Break the Culture.

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