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Ethics in Law Enforcement | Open Textbook - BC Open Textbooks


About the Book

Chapter 1: Ethical Behaviour

1.1 The Importance of Ethical Behaviour

1.2 Ethics and the Pursuit of a Law Enforcement Career

1.3 As Employees in Law Enforcement Agencies



Chapter 2: Ethical Systems

2.1 Major Ethical Systems

2.2 Utilitarian Ethics

2.3 Deontology

2.4 Virtue Ethics

2.5 Ethics of Care

2.6 Egoism

2.7 Religion or Divine Command Theory

2.8 Natural Law

2.9 Social Contract Theory

2.10 Rawls’ Theory of Justice

2.11 Moral Relativism



Chapter 3: Ethical Dilemmas and the Process of Effective Resolution

3.1 Ethical Dilemmas

3.2 Values

3.3 Solving Ethical Dilemmas


Chapter 4: Key Ethical Issues within Law Enforcement

4.1 Ethical Issues

4.2 The Ethics of Power and Authority

4.3 The Milgram Experiment

4.4 Person, Gender, and Cultural Differences in Conformity

4.5 Ethical Issues during an Investigation

4.6 Gratuities



Chapter 5: Accountability and Investigation

5.1 Autonomy and Accountability

5.2 British Columbia's Police Act

5.3 The Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act

5.4 Investigation Models

5.5 Independent Investigations Office


Chapter 6: Policing

6.1 Noble Cause Corruption

6.2 Policing Public Demonstrations and Crowd Control

6.3 Sex Offender Notification Laws

6.4 Ethics of Private Policing



Chapter 7: Discretion, Supervision, and Leadership

7.1 The Ethics Surrounding Discretion

7.2 Discretion and Supervision

7.3 Selective Enforcement

7.4 Loyalty

7.5 Ethical Leadership

7.6 Transactional and Transformational Leadership



Chapter 8: The Culture of Law Enforcement

8.1 Police Subculture

8.2 Socialization of Police

8.3 Skepticism and Cynicism

8.4 Moral Culpability versus Legal Culpability



Appendix. The British Columbia Police Code of Ethics

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