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NCJ Number: 156199 Find in a Library
Title: Law Enforcement Ethics: Using Officers' Dilemmas as a Teaching Tool
Journal: Journal of Criminal Justice Education  Volume:6  Issue:1  Dated:(Spring 1995)  Pages:1-20
Author(s): J M Pollock; R F Becker
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 20
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article discusses the use of officer-generated dilemmas in teaching law enforcement ethics classes for both in-service training and university students.
Abstract: The five elements that police officers perceive to be important to a code of professional ethics not incidentally are tied to the dilemmas they identify. These five elements include legality, service, honesty, loyalty, and the Golden Rule. The two most frequently cited categories of police officer dilemmas are loyalty versus whistle blowing and the use of discretion in difficult situations. This article discusses common types of dilemmas and the procedure used to analyze them in a classroom setting. Taking a structured approach to ethics education suggests to students that the shaping of a personal philosophy does not depend on avoiding dilemmas most often sensationalized by the media, but dealing with the confusion, ambiguity, and compromise that occurs in the everyday commission of duty. 16 references
Main Term(s): Police education
Index Term(s): Code of ethics; Professional conduct and ethics
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