Higher Education

Police Ethics, 2nd Edition

  • Douglas W. Perez Platsburgh State University, New York
  • J. Alan Moore Lyndon State College
  • ISBN-10: 1111544514  |  ISBN-13: 9781111544515
  • 224 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2003
  • © 2013 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $71.00
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POLICE ETHICS, 2nd Edition picks up where traditional police training leaves off by illustrating the importance of and techniques for employing ethics in law enforcement. Ethical clarity is especially critical for the police professional – perhaps uniquely so – because the ethical point of view determines the way "police competence" is understood. In addition to the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics, the book promotes an "ethic to live by" for officers and other professionals, and applies various schools of ethical thought to practical examples in policing. The authors avoid dictating rules and labeling behaviors as inherently good or bad, instead providing the tools necessary for making intelligent, impartial decisions from a positive perspective. Expanded to include philosophical background, practical applications, and more examples of ethics in action, POLICE ETHICS, 2nd Edition is an ideal resource for students and professionals alike.

Features and Benefits

  • POSITIVE APPROACH: Rather than teaching "mistake avoidance," POLICE ETHICS, 2nd Edition focuses on using ethical schools of thought to make better choices—and shows how these behaviors lead to success on the job.
  • CHARACTER BUILDING: Developing and maintaining personal ethics is an important part of becoming a competent, responsible public servant, and POLICE ETHICS, 2nd Edition gives readers the essential skills to do just that.
  • STIMULATING TOPICS: Each chapter concludes with a brief Chapter Summary and thought-provoking Topics for Discussion, Ethical Scenario and Writing Exercise to enhance reader comprehension and generate lively classroom discussions.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition.
1. Introduction.
2. Police Professionalism.
3. The Nature of Police Work.
4. Why Be Ethical?
5. What is Character?
6. The Development of Character.
7. Ethical Formalism.
8. Utilitarianism.
9. An Ethic To Live By.
10. Judgment Calls.
11. Types of Police Misconduct.
12. The Causes of Police Deviance.
13. Practical Applications.
14. The Law Enforcement Code of Ethics.
15. Being a Good Officer.

What's New

  • NEW CHAPTERS: "The Nature of Police Work" illustrates the paradoxes of police work and discusses the troublesome dynamics around which the police experience revolves. In Part III of the book, "On the Street," three chapters on police misconduct have been revised and condensed to give readers a more focused perspective of this critical issue.This section also contains a new chapter with expanded discussion of the causes of police deviance.
  • ETHICAL SCENARIOS: True-to-life examples of ethics on the job encourage readers to apply ethical concepts to practical situations.
  • WRITING EXERCISES: At the end of each chapter, writing exercises help readers to think critically about the chapter concepts.
  • HELPFUL KEY TERMS: Each chapter now concludes with a Key Terms section, which explains glossary terms throughout the readings, and reiterates their importance to readers.
  • MORE EXAMPLES: The second edition contains more contemporary and historical examples to illustrate key concepts.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

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.