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Morality and Police Conduct: a Way Forward for Ethical Policing
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  • Michael Crowley, Edith Cowan University
  • Ann-Claire Larsen, Edith Cowan University
Publication Date
1-1-2010
Document Type
Journal Article
Publisher
Forum on Public Policy
Faculty
Business and Law
School
Law and Justice
RAS ID
10275
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This article was originally published as: Crowley, M. G., & Larsen, A. (2010). Morality and Police Conduct: a way forward for ethical policing. Forum on Public Policy, 2010 (5), 1-17.

Abstract
At times the police make headline news for the wrong reasons having violated a rule or procedure, overstepped their powers in investigating a crime or broken the law. Sometimes, however, police behaviour, which is dubious, improper or unethical, is accepted by the judiciary. This paper explores the disjuncture between universal moral principles found in the Western Australian Police Code of Conduct and improper police conduct that discretionary decision making allows. This paper contends that although some universal moral principles are violated with apparent impunity, moral principles serve to provide an external morality guide to police. As a way forward, Habermas‘ theory of discourse ethics may assist in bridging the divide between moral principles and police practices.
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Citation Information
Michael Crowley and Ann-Claire Larsen. "Morality and Police Conduct: a Way Forward for Ethical Policing" (2010)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/michael_crowley/5/