Ethics in Law Enforcement
Rick Parent, Simon Fraser University
Pub Date: 2015
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The text is comprehensive yet concise. It covers all pertinent aspects of criminal justice ethics. The text covers a wide range of ethical systems. read more
The text is comprehensive yet concise. It covers all pertinent aspects of criminal justice ethics. The text covers a wide range of ethical systems. Various ethical concepts are applied to the three core components of the criminal justice system.
No inaccuracies or biases were observed.
I am reviewing this text in 2017, the copyright is 2015. The material seems to be very relevant and up-to-date. This book is a valuable source of information for both criminal justice students and law enforcement practitioners. Because of the veritable explosion of interest and news in the area of criminal justice ethics this book will remain relevant for years to come. At some point in the future a new edition would be appropriate. The text is structured in such a way that necessary updates will be relatively easy and straightforward to implement.
As a teaching instrument it is a valuable resource in that it is presented in a clear, succinct, fashion. It is very easy to follow. An example of one of the features that adds to the book's clarity is an alphabetized list of ethical values found in chapter 3.
Each chapter in the book was well organized and consistent in terms of terminology and framework.
The book was structured in such a format that it was easy to read and can be easily separated into modules for classroom discussion. The text was not excessively self-referential.
The topics in the text were presented in a logical and clear order.
No significant interface issues or navigation problems.
No grammatical errors were observed.
The content was presented in a culturally unbiased way. No offensive or insensitive wording was detected.
This publication seems appropriate for any undergraduate level criminal justice ethics college course. This book is well researched and well written. Overall, I like this text as a supplemental resource to other material I am currently using in my criminal justice ethics course. The clarity and conciseness of the material is the strength of this publication.
Table of Contents
About the Book
Chapter 1: Ethical Behaviour
- 1.1 The Importance of Ethical Behaviour
- 1.2 Ethics and the Pursuit of a Law Enforcement Career
- 1.3 As Employees in Law Enforcement Agencies
Chapter 2: Ethical Systems
- 2.1 Major Ethical Systems
- 2.2 Utilitarian Ethics
- 2.3 Deontology
- 2.4 Virtue Ethics
- 2.5 Ethics of Care
- 2.6 Egoism
- 2.7 Religion or Divine Command Theory
- 2.8 Natural Law
- 2.9 Social Contract Theory
- 2.10 Rawls’ Theory of Justice
- 2.11 Moral Relativism
Chapter 3: Ethical Dilemmas and the Process of Effective Resolution
- 3.1 Ethical Dilemmas
- 3.2 Values
- 3.3 Solving Ethical Dilemmas
Chapter 4: Key Ethical Issues within Law Enforcement
- 4.1 Ethical Issues
- 4.2 The Ethics of Power and Authority
- 4.3 The Milgram Experiment
- 4.4 Person, Gender, and Cultural Differences in Conformity
- 4.5 Ethical Issues during an Investigation
- 4.6 Gratuities
Chapter 5: Accountability and Investigation
- 5.1 Autonomy and Accountability
- 5.2 British Columbia's Police Act
- 5.3 The Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act
- 5.4 Investigation Models
- 5.5 Independent Investigations Office
Chapter 6: Policing
- 6.1 Noble Cause Corruption
- 6.2 Policing Public Demonstrations and Crowd Control
- 6.3 Sex Offender Notification Laws
- 6.4 Ethics of Private Policing
Chapter 7: Discretion, Supervision, and Leadership
- 7.1 The Ethics Surrounding Discretion
- 7.2 Discretion and Supervision
- 7.3 Selective Enforcement
- 7.4 Loyalty
- 7.5 Ethical Leadership
- 7.6 Transactional and Transformational Leadership
Chapter 8: The Culture of Law Enforcement
- 8.1 Police Subculture
- 8.2 Socialization of Police
- 8.3 Skepticism and Cynicism
- 8.4 Moral Culpability versus Legal Culpability
Appendix. The British Columbia Police Code of Ethics
About the Authors
About the Book
In this book, you will examine the moral and ethical issues that exist within law enforcement. This book will also familiarize you with the basic history, principles, and theories of ethics. These concepts will then be applied to the major components of the criminal justice system: policing, the courts, and corrections. Discussion will focus on personal values, individual responsibility, decision making, discretion, and the structure of accountability. Specific topics covered will include core values, codes of conduct, ethical dilemmas, organizational consequences, liability, and the importance of critical thinking. By the end of this book, you will be able to distinguish and critically debate contemporary ethical issues in law enforcement.
About the Contributors
Steve McCartney, MSc, retired from the Vancouver Police Department after 28 years of service. While with the V.P.D. he served in a variety of capacities including patrol, Detective Constable with Strike Force, Sexual Offence Squad, the Provincial Unsolved Homicide Unit and VPD Homicide Unit. After leaving the V.P.D., he was seconded to the B.C. Police Academy at the Justice Institute of British Columbia as an instructor in Investigation and Patrol. Upon retiring from the V.P.D. he became the Program Chair of Law Enforcement Studies at the Justice Institute of British Columbia, where he currently teaches Applied Ethics in Law Enforcement and Law Enforcement Communication Skills.
Rick Parent, PhD, is an Associate Professor at Simon Fraser University, School of Criminology – Police Studies. Rick completed 30 years of service as a police officer and is a former police recruit instructor at the B.C. Police Academy. His research and expertise is in the area of police ethics and accountability and, the police use of lethal force including the phenomena of “suicide by cop”. Dr. Parent is also the subject matter expert/author of the Canadian Police Knowledge Network course entitled “Police Ethics and Accountability”, the co-author of the book entitled “Community-Based Strategic Policing in Canada, 4th edition and, a senior researcher for the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society (TSAS).