Noble cause corruption

The term refers to a perception among police officers that some aspects of their improper behaviour are acceptable. This notion is a classic example of ‘grey’ corruption. In this situation, police officers will knowingly “bend”, circumvent or even break the law on the basis of a notion of ethical relativity. They may cut a deal with a criminal – promising a lighter sentence or even to overlook that person’s lawbreaking – in return for information that will help them find, arrest or convict someone they suspect of having committed a more serious crime.