Police Ethics

Police Ethics

Police Ethics

Police Ethics


Police Ethics is a practical introduction to ethical issues affecting police officers of all ranks.

The authors explore the stark, sometimes shocking reality of real-life policing situations, using them as the basis for detailed analysis of key ethical issues. These situations are drawn from Australia, USA, the UK, Asia and South Africa and range from everyday policing incidents to public events which attracted widespread media attention.

Fully updated with revised case studies, this second edition offers discussion and analysis of current ethical issues including zero tolerance policing, community-based policing, private policing, police and central, state or local government, the internationalisation of policing, specialist roles such as peacekeeping and civil rights in relation to terrorism laws.

Police Ethics is essential reading for all police officers, recruits, students and anyone interested in police work.


Daily, in almost every phase of our lives we are faced with a range of decisions. Invariably, the decisions we make will impact on a wide range of people, including family and friends, professional associates, the community or, indeed, ourselves.

Sometimes, and ideally most times, our decision-making is easy. On the other hand, some decisions can be hard to make and for some such decisions may present themselves as moral or ethical dilemmas.

These hard decisions or dilemmas can occur at any time and almost in any given situation. So then, to whom or where do we turn in our decision-making, particularly in those situations that may have a moral as well as a legal dimension?

In coming to the right decision we will have recourse to a wide range of decision-making criteria. Such criteria may for example include company or organisational policy, the law, a professional code of conduct or some other stipulation which seeks to guide us in informed and lawful decision-making.

Of all the criteria, regulations or proscriptions that exist, none is more powerful than decisions that are made within an ethical framework. Is it the right thing to do?

Equally, any framework for effective ethical decision-making must have as its base a strong emphasis, indeed a reliance on professionalism and integrity—terms that are synonymous.

This, the second edition of Police Ethics by Professor Seumas Miller, John Blackler and Andrew Alexandra, provides comment on a cross-section of historical and factual cases where effective decision-

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