NUMBER OF ATTEMPTS TO BRIBE OFFICERS

It can be stated that since 2015 the number of bribery cases in the police has been steadily decreasing.

These positive changes have been influenced by the establishment of anti-corruption units, the main purpose of which is to fight corruption and its manifestations in the police. Anti-corruption programs for the police and, in addition, anti-corruption programs for the traffic police have been created. As one of the non-traditional forms of combating bribery, more women have been employed to work for the traffic police. International research shows that women are much more resistant to corruption.
Additional anti-corruption measures have also been introduced, such as the use of audio-visual equipment in police cars, mobile audio-visual recorders worn on the police uniform, which have significantly contributed to decrease in bribery cases. The social anti-corruption campaign “Kyšis išpurvina” (Eng. Bribe makes you dirty), which aims to reduce the tolerance level of

corruption on the roads and improve the drivers’ culture, also contributed to the decrease in bribery cases.
It is also important to mention that such self-control measures stimulate ethical behaviour of police officers, appropriate communication, avoidance of possible provocations or misunderstanding, interpretation of situations, and thus increase public trust in the police, which has now become the highest throughout the whole period of independence of the State. Thus, the introduction of these and other measures, as well as the model of behavioural culture, public trust in the Lithuanian police officers and the officers’ own respect for their profession have positively affected the numbers of petty corruption cases.
The analysis carried out shows that the above-mentioned measures have caused excellent results. Compared to the highest number of bribes in the registered period (2014), in 2021 the number of bribes decreased more than 10.5 times.


Number of attempts to bribe officials by region
  • 2016
  • 2017
  • 2018
  • 2019
  • 2020

The highest number of cases when persons offer/give a bribe was recorded in Kaunas County.

There were 19 cases of bribery identified (30 in 2020). There were 17 cases of bribery in Vilnius County (24 in 2020). In 2021 no cases of bribery were recorded in Utena County. Compared to 2020, bribery cases of police officers continue to dominate in Kaunas County, but the number of bribery cases in this county decreased 1.6 times, i.e. 11 cases less than in 2020. In Vilnius County, the number of bribery cases decreased 1.4 times, i.e. 7 cases less than in 2020. However, the number of bribery cases in Marijampolė County is growing. In 2021 18 cases of bribery of police officers were recorded in this county (13 in 2020), i. e. 1.4 times more than in 2020.

Number of attempts to bribe officials by gender
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The number of women giving bribes every year is significantly lower than that of men. Why do so few women give a bribe?

This may be due to the fact that women are more afraid to be prosecuted and spoil their reputation. In addition, the number of women holding a driver’s license in Lithuania is significantly lower than that of men. Women are also less likely to commit road traffic violations, and if they did one and were caught, they often express emotions with tears, try to ask to let them go or call their relatives rather than offer a bribe.

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Number of attempts to bribe officials by age

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Why do people of 30-59 years of age are most likely to try to bribe an officer?

The number of drivers in this age group is the highest, these people are employed, rushing and busy, they try not to get caught and have no “records”, which could spoil their reputation and impose a bigger fine (the more records (repeatability), the higher the fines are imposed, which can also lead to the deprivation of right to drive).

In addition, people of this age have taken an example from their parents, follow by their way of “dealing with money”, so the model of corrupt practice is the most rooted in this age group, where a bribe is still considered a norm.

Number of attempts to bribe officers by drunkenness
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Drunk people are more likely to give a bribe and expect to fix everything. Why so?

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  • It is likely that this is due to the fact that alcohol suppresses senses, including fear. It also hinders a rational assessment of the situation, and people are even more likely to believe that offering money to officers will help solve the problem more quickly

Number of attempts to bribe officials by amount of the bribe offered
  • 421 €
  • 207 €
  • 185 €
  • 361 €
  • 221 €
  • 2016 YRS
  • 2017 YRS
  • 2018 YRS
  • 2019 YRS
  • 2020 YRS

The average amount of money given/offered as a bribe.

It was found that in the period of 2015-2021 the average given/offered bribe decreased from 279 to 276 euros. Compared to 2020, in 2021 the average offered bribe reduced 1.6 times (from 421 to 265 euros). It is believed that this was influenced by the epidemiological situation in Lithuania, during which the economic activity, the growth of energy, commodity prices, the situation in the labour market, and the lower economic activity of the population were suppressed. In 2021 the maximum amount of a given bribe was 700 euros, the minimum was 10 euros. The maximum amount of an offered bribe was 2,000 euros, and the minimum was 30 euros. It was also given in a foreign currency – Polish zloty, British pounds. Unnamed bribes in cash were also offered, and a gold chain was offered. 21 foreign nationals tried to bribe police officers. There is a tendency that foreign longdistance drivers, newcomers from the former Soviet Union countries, not currently belonging to the European Union, bribe more often than they offer, but the amounts of given and offered bribes are lower than those of Lithuanian citizens. Of the 21 detained foreign nationals, 18 gave the bribe and 3 offered it. In the year of 2021 the average given/offered bribe by foreign nationals was 108 euros. This is thought to be influenced by different standards of living in these countries and the tradition of bribery, which is still prevalent there.

In recent years, officials have been offered:
  • kebab
    Two kebabs
  • eggs
    Box of eggs
  • truck
    Truck full of firewood

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