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Character and cops : ethics in policing

Author: Edwin J Delattre
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : AEI Press, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 5th edView all editions and formats
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In this book, the author examines ethics in law enforcement, discusses how today's police officers can meet the ethical challenges of policing while fulfilling heightened demands for better security. The quandaries law-enforcement officials face on a daily basis require thoughtful deliberation and support from those in positions of authority within their organizations. In this book, the author examines the ethical  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Edwin J Delattre
ISBN: 0844742171 9780844742175
OCLC Number: 68041974
Description: xix, 565 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Foreword / Patrick V. Murphy --
Acknowledgments --
1. Introduction --
2. Excellence of character --
First and second nature --
Character and police --
The morally important and the morally problematic --
3. The mission of police --
The experiment in ordered liberty --
Disorder and injustice --
Against tyranny --
Mission --
Public confidence --
Codes of ethics and personal character --
4. The public trust and probity --
Private trust --
The public trust --
Competence --
Trustworthiness --
5. Discretion --
Judgment and rules --
Respect for limits --
Policies and laws --
Force and deadly force --
Anticipation and planning --
6. Public corruption for profit --
Incorruptibility --
Cynicism and consolation --
Higher standards and double standards --
Hypotheses about corruption --
Departmental supervision --
Gratuities and the slippery slope --
Character and free will --
7. Authority and reform in controlling corruption --
The authority to lead --
Alliances --
Conspiracies of silence --
Reform --
Combating mediocrity --
Review and advisory boards --
8. Leadership and the character of a department --
Realistic expectations --
Burnout --
Merit and affirmative action --
Recruiting, selection, and promotion --
9. Illegal narcotics : moral issues and public policy --
Morality and public policy --
Arguments for legalization of narcotics --
Arguments against legalization --
Analyzing the arguments --
Demand reduction --
Conclusion --
10. The fundamentals of character and training --
Sex and money --
Realism and idealism --
Morality and happiness --
Moral problems --
Habits --
Current fashion in ethics education --
"Value" choices and "ethical dilemmas" --
Individual and departmental character. 11. Deliberation and moral problems in training --
Moral deliberation --
Identifying genuine moral problems --
Identifying relevant reasons for decisions --
The fabric of a life --
12. Tragedy and "noble cause" corruption --
Ends and means --
Who is to say (what to do)? --
Trying to have it both ways --
Thinking it through --
Dirty Harry --
"Noble cause" corruption --
Excusable wrongdoing --
Deciding --
13. Death and bereavement, deadly force and guilt --
The death of a friend, partner, or loved one --
Living up to the facts --
Love --
Dignity --
The bereavement of others --
Deadly force --
Guilt --
14. Taking our lives seriously --
The extra mile --
The morality of aspiration --
Taking our lives seriously --
15. Fatalism, microcosms, and therapeutic reductions --
Fatalism and the microcosm argument --
Rising above the microcosm --
More on higher standards and double standards --
The therapeutic vision of human beings --
The Americans with Disabilities Act --
Therapy and multicultural sensitivity training --
16. Ethical ideals, youth violence, and gang enforcement --
A sketch of the ethically ideal institution --
Youth violence and gang enforcement --
Gangs, education, and the heroism of cowards --
Unconditional obligations --
17. Police, the O.J. Simpson trial, and race --
Individuality and group identity --
The lessons of the O.J. Simpson trial for police --
Policing and prejudice --
Thinking about "race" --
Thinking about human beings --
Conclusion. 18. The spirit of public service and individual conscience --
Reciprocity and the spirit of service --
Individual conscience --
Conscience and police assignments --
Recruitment, training, and departmental policy --
Supervision and leadership --
Law and policy --
Policies that aid conscience --
Conclusion --
19. Ethics in the future of policing --
Ethics and rules --
Narcissism and childishness --
Morality and social conditions --
"Broken windows" and social stigma --
Social stigma within policing --
Recruiting problems --
Essential capacities --
Character and capacities --
20. Terrorism and policing --
What is a terrorist? --
Bargaining by outrage --
Suicide bombers and cowardice --
Imagination, horror, and history --
Nothing will ever be the same? --
Disagreement and conflict within the United States --
Disagreements within law enforcement --
Terrorism and the police mission --
Racial profiling and the public trust --
Integrity and professionalism : John P. O'Neill --
Conclusion --
21. Ethics in action : case studies of professional excellence in policing --
In pursuit of truth : investigating mass murder at Columbine --
Ethics restored : reform in the Los Angeles Police Department --
Competence and cooperation : combating gangs in Fairfax County, Virginia --
Ethics and professionalism in a post-9/11 world --
Conclusion --
Appendix A.A guide to the further study of ethics in policing --
Appendix B. Internal affairs and integrity --
Appendix C. Prefaces to previous editions --
Notes --
Index --
About the author.
Responsibility: Edwin J. Delattre.
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