Police Ethics: A Matter of Character

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Copperhouse Publishing Company, 2002 - Law - 215 pages
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.

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About the author (2002)

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 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.

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