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Police Ethics: Matter of Character, 1st Edition

  • Douglas W. Perez
  • J. Alan Moore
  • Rebecca Volk
  • ISBN-10: 0176104410
  • ISBN-13: 9780176104412
  • 0 Pages | Paperback
  • COPYRIGHT: 2010 Published
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About the Product

Police officers make thousands of important, life-changing decisions everyday. In order to promote and ensure justice, these decisions must be fair and even-handed. Police officers cannot think or act as if they are free to define what is legal and what is illegal or to decide who is inherently good and who is inherently bad. They must act in an ethical manner. Yet, police officers are given a limited amount of training in police ethics. Often times, it consists solely of a list of do's and don'ts. This book was written to emphasize the importance of police ethics. The authors seek to treat police officers as the intelligent and knowledgeable people that they are, instead of discussing what to do and what not to do. This book discusses various schools of ethical thought in a way that works from the ground up, moving from a general understanding toward practical applications. Readers will gain a workable understanding of ethics that can be applied to the entire gamut of situations they encounter on the street every day.


  • Police Ethics highlights issues pertinent to policing in Canada

  • This text reflects the Canadian context with references to the Criminal Code of Canada and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

  • Study and discussion of theory of character and what is ethical behaviour – Chapter 3, Why be ethical discusses why a person should consider ethics an important, integral part of their lives

  • Topics for Discussion provides students and instructors with questions to further discuss topics addressed in each chapter pg. 29, 59, 113

  • Ethical Dilemma boxes throughout that prompt discussion on what to do in difficult situations pg. 13, 57

About the Author

Douglas W. Perez

Perez teaches courses in criminal justice, focusing on the police, law and society, the drug war, and introductory courses. After serving as both a police and correctional officer, he began teaching at the college level on a dozen campuses around the nation. In addition to consulting for numerous police departments and the federal government, he has published Common Sense About Police Review and Police Ethics: A Matter of Character (with J. Alan Moore).

J. Alan Moore

J. Alan Moore is a Professor of Philosophy teaching undergraduate philosophy and humanities courses at Lyndon State College, where his writing has centered on ethics with specific attention to the Holocaust and criminal justice. He has also taught history in Israel, and studied extensively in Germany. Dr. Moore received his Ph.D. from Tulane University following study at the University of Munich on a Fulbright Grant. Prior to graduate study, he was commissioned in the army at OCS and sent to Ranger School and Recondo School in Viet Nam, and served on a LRRP team.

Table of Contents

Part One: The Setting
Chapter 1: Policing and Ethics
Chapter 2: Police Professionalism Today
Chapter 3: Why Be Ethical?

Part Two: Ethical Frameworks
Chapter 4: Ethical Formalism
Chapter 5: Utilitarianism
Chapter 6: What is Character?
Chapter 7: The Development of Character
Chapter 8: An Ethic to Live By

Part Three: Applications
Chapter 9: Types of Police Misconduct
Chapter 10: Corruption of Authority and Police Crime
Chapter 11: Noble Cause Corruption
Chapter 12: Ineptitude and Personal Misconduct

Part Four: Implications
Chapter 13: The Law Enforcement Code of Ethics
Chapter 14: Making Ethical Decisions

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