Character and Cops

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  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-07-01

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Since the first edition was published in 1989, Character and Cops has been considered the bible of police ethics training. The book is a comprehensive guide to the ethical challenges faced daily by police officers, especially in times of heightened security. The updated sixth edition features a new foreword by David Bores, a retired lieutenant colonel in the United States military police, and a new chapter titled From War Veterans to Peace Officers, which explores policies for incorporating soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan into the domestic police force.

Author Biography

Edwin J. Delattre is president emeritus of St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland, and Santa Fe, New Mexico; dean emeritus of the Boston University. School of Education; and professor of philosophy emeritus at the Boston University College of Arts and Sciences.

Table of Contents

Foreword to the Sixth Editionp. xiii
Foreword to the First Editionp. xix
Acknowledgmentsp. xxiii
Introductionp. 1
Excellence of Characterp. 6
First and Second Naturep. 6
Character and Policep. 9
The Morally Important and the Morally Problematicp. 15
The Mission Policep. 17
The Experiment in Ordered Libertyp. 17
Disorder and Injusticep. 19
Against Tyrannyp. 22
Missionp. 25
Public Confidencep. 29
Codes of Ethics and Personal Characterp. 33
The Public Trust and Probityp. 38
Private Trustp. 39
The Public Trustp. 40
Competencep. 44
Trustworthinessp. 45
Discretionp. 49
judgment and Rulesp. 49
Respect for Limitsp. 55
Policies and Lawsp. 57
Force and Deadly Forcep. 64
Anticipation and Planningp. 68
Public Corruption for Profitp. 71
Incorruptibilityp. 71
Cynicism and Consolationp. 72
Higher Standards and Double Standardsp. 74
Hypotheses about Corruptionp. 78
Departmental Supervisionp. 86
Gratuities and the Slippery Slopep. 87
Character and Free Willp. 90
Authority and Reform in Controlling Corruptionp. 95
The Authority to Leadp. 96
Alliancesp. 99
Conspiracies of Silencep. 102
Reformp. 103
Combating Mediocrityp. 104
Review and Advisory Boardsp. 107
Leadership and the Character of a Departmentp. 109
Realistic Expectationsp. 110
Burnoutp. 111
Merit and Affirmative Actionp. 113
Recruiting, Selection, and Promotionp. 128
Illegal Narcotics-Moral Issues and Public Policyp. 134
Morality and Public Policyp. 135
Arguments for Legalization of Narcoticsp. 136
Arguments against Legalizationp. 138
Analyzing the Argumentsp. 141
Demand Reductionp. 144
Conclusionp. 146
The Fundamentals of Character and Trainingp. 150
Sex and Moneyp. 151
Realism and Idealismp. 154
Morality and Happinessp. 155
Moral Problemsp. 157
Habitsp. 158
Current Fashion in Ethics Educationp. 160
"Value" Choices and "Ethical Dilemmas"p. 163
Individual and Departmental Characterp. 166
Deliberation and Moral Problems-In trainingp. 172
Moral Deliberationp. 173
Identifying Genuine Moral Problemsp. 180
Identifying Relevant Reasons for Decisionsp. 188
The Fabric of a Lifep. 204
Tragedy and "Noble Cause" Corruptionp. 207
Ends and Meansp. 209
Who Is to Say (What to Do)?p. 213
Trying to Have It Both Waysp. 217
Thinking It Throughp. 222
Dirty Harryp. 226
"Noble Cause" Corruptionp. 230
Excusable Wrongdoingp. 231
Decidingp. 232
Death and Bereavement, Deadly Force and Guiltp. 234
The Death of a Friend, Partner, or Loved Onep. 234
Living Up to the Factsp. 235
Lovep. 236
Dignityp. 237
The Bereavement of Othersp. 238
Deadly Forcep. 239
Guiltp. 240
Taking Our Lives Seriouslyp. 242
The Extra Milep. 242
The Morality of Aspirationp. 243
Taking Our Lives Seriouslyp. 245
Fatalism, Microcosms, and Therapeutic Reductionsp. 247
Fatalism and the Microcosm Argumentp. 248
Rising above the Microcosmp. 251
More on Higher Standards and Double Standardsp. 257
The Therapeutic Vision of Human Beingsp. 259
The Americans with Disabilities Actp. 268
Therapy and Multicultural Sensitivity Trainingp. 270
Ethical Ideals, Youth Violence, and Gang Enforcementp. 274
A Sketch of the Ethically Ideal Institutionp. 276
Youth Violence and Gang Enforcementp. 277
Gangs, Education, and the Heroism of Cowardsp. 285
Unconditional Obligationsp. 295
Police, the O. J. Simpson Trial, and Racep. 297
Individuality and Group Identityp. 298
The Lessons of the O. J. Simpson Trial for Policep. 303
Policing and Prejudicep. 310
Thinking about "Race"p. 316
Thinking about Human Beingsp. 323
Conclusionp. 326
The Spirit of Public Service and Individual Consciencep. 327
Reciprocity and the Spirit of Servicep. 329
Individual Consciencep. 333
Conscience and Police Assignmentsp. 333
Recruitment, Training, and Departmental Policyp. 335
Supervision and Leadershipp. 337
Law and Policyp. 340
Policies That Aid Consciencep. 341
Conclusionp. 345
Ethics in the future of policingp. 346
Ethics and Rulesp. 347
Narcissism and Childishnessp. 352
Morality and Social Conditionsp. 353
"Broken Windows" and Social Stigmap. 358
Social Stigma within Policingp. 362
Recruiting Problemsp. 367
Essential Capacitiesp. 372
Character and Capacitiesp. 385
Terrorism and Policingp. 387
What Is a Terrorist?p. 393
Bargaining by Outragep. 396
Suicide Bombers and Cowardicep. 402
Imagination, Horror, and Historyp. 404
Nothing Will Ever Be the Same?p. 405
Disagreement and Conflict within the United Statesp. 410
Disagreements within Law Enforcementp. 413
Terrorism and the Police Missionp. 416
Racial Profiling and the Public Trustp. 430
Integrity and Professionalism: John.P O'Neillp. 435
Conclusionp. 436
Ethics in Action: Case Studies of Professional Excellence in Policing Excellence in Policingp. 439
In Pursuit of Truth: Investigating Mass Murder at Columbinep. 441
Ethics Restored: Reform in the Los Angeles Police Departmentp. 447
Competence and Cooperation: Combating Gangs in Fairfax County, Virginiap. 457
Regaining Public Trust: Corruption and Reform in the Greece, New York, Police Departmentp. 468
Ethics and Professionalism in a Post-9/11 Worldp. 472
Conclusionp. 478
From War Veterans to Peace Officersp. 479
The Challengep. 479
Training and Retraining Provisionsp. 484
Building Mutual Trustp. 487
A Sketch of the Ideal Military-Support Teamp. 489
Unintended Consequencesp. 513
Conclusionp. 522
A Guide to the Further Study of Ethics in Policingp. 523
Internal Affairs and Integrityp. 530
Notesp. 545
Indexp. 579
About the Authorp. 597
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