Ethics in Law Enforcement
Rick Parent, Simon Fraser University
Pub Date: 2015
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I I really liked the way the book introduced the importance of ethnic behavior first then followed ethnic in law enforcement. This set a framework read more
I I really liked the way the book introduced the importance of ethnic behavior first then followed ethnic in law enforcement. This set a framework to talk about the theory and philsophy of ethnic in the following chapter. I would add so material about the impact and importance of ethnic to the entire criminal justice to end the chapter. Law enforcement is the first stage of the criminal justice which influences the public views of the entire system.
The book was informative accurate and unbiased and addresses issues that are current today
The book was written so it could be easily updated or new materials added to the list of issues. The only issues that might be added to the next edition is material on politics and law enforcement with an emphasis on the professional duties.
The book is well written for undergraduate students. However, students using this book should have taken an introduction to law enforcement course so the can relate ethical issues to the operations of policing.
The book is consist during this period of political change that make influence some perception of the behavior. The may want to address the issues of poverty and race in a proactive manner making should that ethical and cultural addresses.
The book is written so that I can use and will build my face to face and online moduules around certain chapters.
The book is organized in the format that I plan to teach my course and I plan to use videos and other materials.
The interface was very good and easy to navigate.
I did a quick read for content issues and did not find any errors.
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I really liked the book and would on add the material on politics, race and culture to the next edition. Black lives matter and gender issues implicit bias might be addressed.
The text starts with a foundation of ethical systems and behavior and then provides the reader specific instances of ethical behavior in law read more
The text starts with a foundation of ethical systems and behavior and then provides the reader specific instances of ethical behavior in law enforcement. It is comprehensive, but also at times too brief in some topic areas i.e. Chapter 3, Ethical Dilemmas and the Process of Effective Resolution. A glossary of terms is located at the end of each chapter and again is brief in nature and may only contain one term.
The content appeared to be accurate, error-free and unbiased.
Much of the material will remain relevant for a long period of time. The foundations of ethical behavior have been similar and consistent for many years. The areas which may not remain relevant are areas such as Chapter 5 Accountability and Investigation and Chapter 7 Discretion, Supervision, and Leadership where new technology will transform law enforcement ethics and behavior in the future. The effects of social media also play an important role in law enforcement ethics and should be discussed in future texts. There are many examples from Canadian police departments that may differ from other police organizations.
It is very succinct and easy to read.
The book was consistent in terms of terminology and framework.
The book is set up in easily readable sections. However, some instructors utilizing the text may find that some of the sections are too brief in format and may use the text as a supplement to another text and/or course material.
The chapter sequence may not fit the personal needs of all instructors. For example, the last chapter, Chapter 8, discusses the Culture of Law Enforcement which may be better suited towards the beginning of the text. Otherwise, the topics are presented in a clear fashion.
The text is free of significant interface issues. When hyperlinks were utilized there were no navigation issues.
The text contains no grammatical errors.
The text is not culturally insensitive or offensive in any way.
Overall the book covers the topic of Law Enforcement Ethics thoroughly in an easy to read format. This book ideally is a supplement to an undergraduate course on criminal justice ethics or to be used as a stand-alone text in law enforcement academies.
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).