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NCJ Number: 220849 
Title: Ethics and Corruption (From Handbook of Criminal Investigation, P 586-609, 2007, Tim Newburn, Tom Williamson, and Alan Wright, eds. -- See NCJ-220829)
Author(s): Alan Wright
Date Published: 2007
Page Count: 24
Sponsoring Agency: Willan Publishing
Portland, OR 97213-3644
Sale Source: Willan Publishing
c/o ISBS, 5804 N.E. Hassalo Street
Portland, OR 97213-3644
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Book Chapter
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This chapter reviews four main themes that are relevant to an ethical approach to criminal investigation.
Abstract: First, the chapter examines the importance of ethics to investigative practice and argues that law, statements of rights, and rules of procedure are not sufficient in themselves to ensure good professional conduct. Second, it analyzes the moral dilemmas that face investigators, including those that derive from conflicting loyalties and competing value systems. Third, the chapter examines the corrosive effect of corrupt investigations on society, on the legitimacy and effectiveness of investigating organizations, and on individual investigators. Fourth, the chapter argues that effective investigators must demonstrate a range of technical and ethical virtues. In addition to being technically competent, investigators should have a strong ethical conception of investigation. Investigators and those who supervise them must manage ethical issues, just as they manage other aspects of investigation. A balanced mixture of personal commitment, ethical audit, monitoring, team management, and career development should promote ethical standards and behavior in criminal investigations. 2 figures, 1 table, 15 notes, and 47 references
Main Term(s): Police performance evaluation
Index Term(s): Criminal investigation training; Ethics training; Foreign police; Police corruption; Police criminal investigation training; Police misconduct; Professional conduct and ethics
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