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Police Ethics



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  • Police Ethics A Matter of Character
    Police Ethics A Matter of Character


POLICE ETHICS, 2nd Edition complements traditional police training by illustrating the importance of and techniques for employing ethics in law enforcement. Ethical clarity is especially critical for the police professional - perhaps uniquely so - because the ethical point of view determines the way "police competence" is understood. In addition to the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics, the book promotes an "ethic to live by" for officers, and applies various schools of ethical thought to practical examples in policing. The authors avoid dictating rules and labeling behaviors as inherently good or bad, instead providing the tools necessary for making intelligent, impartial decisions from a positive perspective. Expanded to include philosophical background, practical applications, and more examples of ethics in action, POLICE ETHICS, 2nd Edition is an ideal resource for officers in training and experienced professionals alike.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
Introductionp. 1
The Police Are the Lawp. 2
Justice: A Preliminary Discussionp. 3
Discretionary Decision Makingp. 4
The Need for Ethics Study by the Policep. 7
The Traditional Academy Approachp. 7
A Positive Approachp. 8
The Intellectual Capabilities of Today's Officerp. 8
Police Professionalismp. 9
A Preliminary Definitionp. 10
Competence and Professionalismp. 11
An Introductory Note about Police Misconductp. 12
Who Was Dirty Harry?p. 13
Noble Cause Corruptionp. 13
Support for Harryp. 14
Our Ethical Perspectivep. 15
Ethical Formalismp. 15
Utilitarianismp. 16
An Ethic to Live Byp. 17
The Organization of the Bookp. 17
A Final Notep. 18
Topics for Discussionp. 19
Ethical Scenariop. 20
Writing Exercisep. 20
Key Termsp. 20
The Settingp. 23
Police Professionalismp. 24
The History of Police Professionalismp. 25
Today's Professionalismp. 28
Systematized Knowledgep. 28
Educationp. 28
Self-Regulationp. 30
Self-Discipliningp. 31
Problem Solvingp. 31
Muir's Professionalp. 33
Passionp. 34
Perspectivep. 34
Analysisp. 36
Summaryp. 37
.Topics for Discussionp. 38
Ethical Scenariop. 38
Writing Exercisep. 39
Key Termsp. 39
The Nature of Police Workp. 41
The Nature of Paradoxesp. 42
An Initial Administrative Paradoxp. 43
Paradoxes on the Beatp. 43
Due Processp. 43
Stereotypingp. 44
Discretionp. 46
Coercive Powerp. 48
Paramilitarismp. 51
Media Imageryp. 54
Impactp. 55
Officer Anomiep. 55
Subcultural Power and Solidarityp. 56
Summaryp. 57
Topics for Discussionp. 58
Ethical Scenariop. 58
Writing Exercisep. 58
Key Termsp. 59
Why Be Ethical?p. 61
Ethics Make Us Humanp. 62
Norms, Values, Rules, and Lawsp. 65
Why Be Ethical?p. 66
Police Moralizingp. 67
The Ethical Basis for Discretionp. 67
Anomiep. 70
Future Shockp. 72
The Use of Powerp. 73
Character as a Focal Pointp. 75
Summaryp. 77
Topics for Discussionp. 77
Ethical Scenariop. 78
Writing Exercisep. 78
Key Termsp. 78
Ethical Frameworksp. 81
What Is Character?p. 82
Character and Virtuep. 83
Moral Judgmentp. 88
Judgments about Possibilitiesp. 89
Justicep. 91
The Goodp. 94
Discretionary Decisions and the Idea of Characterp. 96
Revisiting the Idea that "The Police Are the Law"p. 96
Summaryp. 97
Topics for Discussionp. 97
Ethical Scenariop. 98
Writing Exercisep. 98
Key Termsp. 99
The Development of Characterp. 100
Working on ltp. 102
Being Yourself … On Purposep. 102
Developing One's Own Philosophyp. 104
Emotions as a Form of Understandingp. 105
Academic Intelligencep. 105
Emotional Intelligencep. 106
Emotions and Empathyp. 108
Ethical Perceptionp. 111
Summaryp. 112
Topics for Discussionp. 113
Ethical Scenariop. 114
Writing Exercisep. 114
Key Termsp. 114
Ethical Formalismp. 116
The Absolutist Schoolsp. 117
Duty to Godp. 118
Natural Lawp. 118
Ethical Formalism: Kant's Theory of Dutyp. 120
The Strengths of Kant's Absolutismp. 123
A Critique of Kant and Absolutismp. 125
Summaryp. 130
Topics for Discussionp. 131
Ethical Scenariop. 131
Writing Exercisep. 131
Key Termsp. 131
Utilitarianismp. 133
Definitionsp. 135
The Happiness of the Majorityp. 137
Individual Happinessp. 138
The Advantages of Utilitarianismp. 140
The Limitations of Utilitarianismp. 141
Calculating Good and Evilp. 141
Minority Rightsp. 141
Equal "Moral Scores"p. 143
Deterrence: "Punish Anybody"p. 143
Summaryp. 146
Topics for Discussionp. 146
Ethical Scenariop. 147
Writing Exercisep. 147
Key Termsp. 147
An Ethic to Live Byp. 149
The Limits of Kant and Millp. 152
Kant: Duty Trumps the Goodp. 152
Mill: What Counts as Good?p. 153
An Ethic to Live By: Maximizing the Good in a Just Wayp. 155
The Principle of Beneficencep. 156
Implicationsp. 157
The Principle of Distributive Justicep. 158
Summaryp. 162
Topics for Discussionp. 163
Ethical Scenariop. 164
Writing Exercisep. 164
Key Termsp. 164
Judgment Callsp. 166
Problems of Processp. 168
When Beneficence Conflicts with Justicep. 168
Vagueness and Overbreadthp. 170
The Harm Principle: What's a Legal Problem?p. 172
Substantive Problemsp. 174
Victimless Crimesp. 174
American Inequitiesp. 176
Solving Ethical Dilemmasp. 177
Summaryp. 180
Topics for Discussionp. 181
Ethical Scenariop. 181
Writing Exercisep. 182
Key Termsp. 182
On the Streetp. 185
Types of Police Misconductp. 186
Standards of Conductp. 187
Cops as Legal Actorsp. 188
Cops as Political Actorsp. 189
Cops as Administrative Actorsp. 189
Typology of Misconductp. 191
Corruption of Authorityp. 192
Police Crimep. 192
Noble Cause Corruptionp. 194
Ineptitudep. 195
Personal Misconductp. 196
Summaryp. 202
Topics for Discussionp. 202
Ethical Scenariop. 203
Writing Exercisep. 203
Key Termsp. 203
The Causes of Police Misconductp. 205
Generic Deviancep. 206
Greed, Opportunity, and Chancep. 208
Rationalizationsp. 210
Subcultural Causesp. 212
American Societal Dynamicsp. 214
Causal Specificityp. 215
Dirty Harry Againp. 216
Ineptitudep. 218
The Special Case of Excessive Forcep. 220
Summaryp. 221
Topics for Discussionp. 222
Ethical Scenariop. 222
Writing Exercisep. 222
Key Termsp. 223
Practical Applicationsp. 224
Leadershipp. 225
The Sergeantp. 225
The Middle Managerp. 228
The Chiefp. 229
Non-judicialized Accountabilityp. 230
The Academyp. 230
The Field Training Officer (FTO)p. 230
Police Departmental Review Boardsp. 232
Police Review Systemsp. 232
Criteria of Evaluationp. 232
Comparative Police Review Systemsp. 234
Analysisp. 236
The Ideal Process?p. 238
What Can One Officer Do?p. 239
Character Revisitedp. 241
Summaryp. 241
Topics for Discussionp. 241
Ethical Scenariop. 242
Writing Exercisep. 242
Key Termsp. 242
Implicationsp. 245
The Law Enforcement Code of Ethicsp. 246
Codes of Ethicsp. 248
A Code Typologyp. 248
The Tone of the Law Enforcement Codep. 249
The Codep. 250
Ethical Formalismp. 250
Utilitarianismp. 253
The Code as a "Target"p. 256
Summaryp. 258
Topics for Discussionp. 259
Ethical Scenariop. 259
Writing Exercisep. 259
Key Termsp. 260
Being a Good Officerp. 261
Education: The Importance of the Liberal Artsp. 263
The Substance of Collegep. 263
The Process of Collegep. 265
Kohlberg: Developing Moralityp. 266
Muirand Causing Professionalismp. 268
Being a Good Personp. 270
Final Messagesp. 271
Topics for Discussionp. 272
Ethical Scenariop. 273
Writing Exercisep. 273
Key Termsp. 273
Bibliographical Essayp. 275
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