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NCJ Number: 151418 Find in a Library
Title: Dirty Harry Problem ((From Police and Society: Touchstone Readings, P 329-346, 1995, Victor E. Kappeler, ed. - See NCJ- 151401)
Author(s): C B Klockars
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 18
Sponsoring Agency: Waveland Press, Inc.
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Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes what the author terms the "Dirty Harry Problem" in policing, that is, to what extent does the morally good end warrant or justify an ethically, politically, or legally dangerous means to its achievement.
Abstract: In trying to examine this problem, the author translates some familiar police practices, including street stops, searches, and victim and witness interrogation, into Dirty Harry problems. To explain why social scientists have largely avoided or neglected the phenomenon, the author analyzes three failed police solutions. These he terms "snappy bureaucrats," "Bittner's peace," and "Skolnick's craftsmen." He concludes that punishing policemen who resort to dirty means to achieve some unquestionably good and morally justifiable end creates another type of Dirty Harry Problem for policy makers and for society at large. 13 notes
Main Term(s): Police misconduct
Index Term(s): Abuse of authority; Police work attitudes
Note: The Annals, 452 (November 1980): 33-47. Reprinted with permission of The American Academy of Political and Social Science.
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