Character and cops : ethics in policing by Edwin J. Delattre

By Edwin J. Delattre

Delattre implicitly selling the "bad apple" conception of police corruption and brutality, discusses tips on how to advertise stable values in person cops via education and discusses how these values should still lead officials to behave in a number of events. This new version provides a bankruptcy on terrorism and policing, complaining that police lack the instruments to successfully prosecute the "War on Terrorism" and examining Read more...

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Such perpetrators of evil seem capable of immense self-deception; they persuade themselves that whatever they do is justified by circumstances. ”15 William Parker said something similar when he became chief of police of Los Angeles in 1950: As practicing policemen we are familiar with the fact that the average criminal does not believe that he is doing wrong. As he views the situation, he is doing right. 16 Although those statements omit that right and wrong are simply of no consequence for some people, they do highlight human capacities for selfdeception and self-aggrandizement, and for judging oneself favorably.

A person of bad character will seek opportunities 10 CHARACTER AND COPS to profit by victimizing others. Other people exist for him only to be used for his own advantage. Whatever he may have been taught about right and wrong has nothing to do with the conduct of his life. He feels no shame in abusing his authority. The so-called meat-eaters are dangerous to life and property, they are often shrewd, and they are invariably rapacious and without conscience. Such persons must simply be weeded out by background investigations, by observant academy instructors, by careful field training officers, and so on.

When people do wrong, they try to make themselves as invisible as they can; they are motivated more by fear of detection than by integrity. Only a person who is good enough to care about behaving rightly, and not just about being caught, can become better. The Morally Important and the Morally Problematic What is morally important must be learned to understand what is morally problematic, whether in the moral instruction of children or the professional education and training of police or people in other walks of life.

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