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Contribution to Book
Police Ethics
(in Gina Robertiello, Editor). "The Use and Abuse of Police Power in America: Historical Milestones and Current Controversies". ABC-CLIO. (2017)
  • Jospeter M. Mbuba
Abstract
Ethics refer to the unwritten rules that govern behavior in different situations and circumstances. Ethical behavior is influenced by many factors including the characteristics of the persons involved and the context of the event. This produces a broad range of standards and makes attempt to specify all acceptable ethical standards a complex undertaking. In policing, ethical concerns arise in many areas including police use of force, racial profiling, recruitment practices, and the sheer stress associated with police work. These and other areas that have ethical implications in policing and law enforcement are discussed in this paper. Ethics are important at two levels – individual and organizational. At the individual level, officers are constantly considering different ways of responding to situations on a daily basis as no two situations are the same. Even when situations look similar, say, two police stops, the characteristics of the individuals involved might be different. And if the individuals have similarities, differences may occur in the location of the incident, time of the day, type of bystanders and their expectations, and so forth. At the organizational level, departmental policies may specify ethical behavior but still, officers have the discretion to choose what to do when there is no express policy statement.
Keywords
  • Ethics,
  • Racial profiling,
  • Arrest,
  • Police Discretion,
  • Police behavior
Publication Date
2017
Editor
Gina Robertiello
Publisher
ABC-CLIO
Citation Information
Jospeter M. Mbuba. "Police Ethics" (in Gina Robertiello, Editor). "The Use and Abuse of Police Power in America: Historical Milestones and Current Controversies". ABC-CLIO. (2017)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jospetermbuba/78/