Police Ethics: The Corruption Of Noble Cause

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-01-01
  • Publisher: Elsevier

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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.

Author Biography

Michael A. Caldero is a former police officer and has presented seminars on the subject of police ethics to police commanders across the United States; he teaches in the Department of Administration of Criminal Justice at Bellevue College. John P. Crank is Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Nebraska, Omaha. The author of five books, he received the Outstanding Book Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences for Imagining Justice (Anderson Publishing, 2002).

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Prologuep. 13
Value-Based Decisionmaking and the Ethics of Noble Causep. 17
Value-Based Decisionmaking: Understanding the Ethics of 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. 123
From Economic to Noble-Cause Corruptionp. 125
Stress, Organizational Accountability, and the Noble Causep. 149
Ethics and the Means-Ends Dilemmap. 173
Police Culture, Ends-Orientation, and Noble-Cause Corruptionp. 201
Ethics and Police in a Time of Changep. 237
Policing Citizens, Policing Communities: Toward an Ethic of Negotiated Orderp. 241
The Stakesp. 273
Recommendationsp. 297
Conclusion: The Noble Causep. 321
Bibliographyp. 327
Name Indexp. 343
Subject Indexp. 347
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