Police Ethics : The Corruption of Noble Cause

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-01-01
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
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This book provides an examination of noble cause, how it emerges as a fundamental principle of police ethics and how it can provide the basis for corruption. The noble cause - a commitment to "doing something about bad people" - is a central "ends-based" police ethic that can be corrupted when officers violate the law on behalf of personally held moral values. This book is about the power that police use to do their work and how it can corrupt police at the individual and organizational levels. It provides students of policing with a realistic understanding of the kinds of problems they will confront in the practice of police work. Key terms supplement each chapter. Provides students of policing with a realistic understanding of problems that arise in police work.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Prologuep. 13
Value-Based Decisionmaking and the Ethics of Noble Causep. 17
Value-Based Decisionmaking: Understanding the Noble Causep. 21
Values, Hiring, and Early Organizational Experiencesp. 61
Values and Administrative Dilemmasp. 83
The Social Psychology of Cops' Valuesp. 103
Noble-Cause Corruptionp. 125
From Economic to Noble-Cause Corruptionp. 127
Stress, Organizational Accountability, and the Noble Causep. 151
Ethics and the Means-Ends Dilemmap. 175
Police Culture, Ends-Orientation, and Noble-Cause Corruptionp. 203
Ethics and Police in a Time of Changep. 239
Policing Citizens, Policing Communities: Toward an Ethic of Negotiated Orderp. 243
The Stakesp. 275
Recommendationsp. 299
Bibliographyp. 323
Name Indexp. 339
Subject Indexp. 343
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