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NCJ Number: 121660 Find in a Library
Title: Toward a Police Professional Ethic (From Ethics in Criminal Justice, P 70-94, 1990, Frank Schmalleger, ed. -- See NCJ-121656)
Author(s): H R Delaney
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 25
Sponsoring Agency: Wyndham Hall Press, Inc.
Bristol, IN 46507
Sale Source: Wyndham Hall Press, Inc.
52857 C.R. 21
Bristol, IN 46507
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: An important moral requirement facing those within the current movement to professionalize the police is the development of a general ethical position that defines the nature of the relationship between the police and the general public.
Abstract: An account is offered that will specify the moral basis for ordering interpersonal and public relations between the police and the community consistent with democratic principles. The argument contends that police professional conduct should be grounded in a sense of the virtues, i.e., those traits of character and dispositions that will serve stated purposes in the police occupational role, and in a sense of justice as equality, or the quest for the impartial application of humane principles, rules and laws to all citizens. Also, conduct should be grounded in a sense of retribution as the operative rationale for the justification of punishment. Concentration on the virtues within police work has the special merit of compelling police administrators and the public alike to acknowledge the undesirable traits and dispositions (vices and excesses) in police conduct. A sense of "justice as equality" will sensitize police administrators, supervisors, and peers to police conduct and decisions that are lawless, capricious, or arbitrary. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Police professionalism
Index Term(s): Professional conduct and ethics; Professionalization; Public Opinion of the Police
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