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Law Enforcement Ethics: Classic and Contemporary Issues

by Brian D Fitch SAGE Publications, Inc
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This unique collection of essays covers many of the important facets of law enforcement ethics, including the selection, training, and supervision of officers. Editor Brian D. Fitch brings together the works of a diverse task force with a vested interested in reducing officer misconduct—including law enforcement scholars, educators, and practitioners from a variety of disciplines—to present a comprehensive look at this critical subject that is gaining more attention in agencies and in the media today. The text covers topics on the roles of culture, environment, social learning, policy, and reward systems as they pertain to law enforcement ethics, as well as the ethics of force, interrogations, marginality, and racial profiling. This volume also covers several unique aspects of ethics, such as the role of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in misconduct (PTSD), cheating during law enforcement promotional practices, off-duty misconduct, and best practices in developing countries.


•Featured essays are written by authors with diverse, real-world experiences, with contributions from agency supervisors, managers, and police chiefs from municipal police departments, state police departments, and federal agencies. Contributing authors work in a variety of fields including criminal justice, law, medicine, political science, psychology, sociology, and ethics.
•Several unique and timely topics are explored in great depth, including police misconduct (Ch. 6), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (Ch. 10), use of force (Ch. 11), cheating during promotional exams (Ch. 13), and best practices in developing nations (Ch. 16).
•Chapter-opening introductory stories—often on timely topics seen on the news—highlight key topics and lay the foundation for discussion and analyses that follow.
•Chapter-ending study questions help students to think, research, and discuss the major learning objectives for each chapter, and can be used as assignments, small-group discussion topics, or to stimulate critical in-class discussions.

Chapter 1 - Law Enforcement: An Introduction J.J. Klaver
Chapter 2 - Psychological Evaluations of Law Enforcement Applicants: The Search for Ethical Officers Ana M. Gamez and Gary G. Collins
Chapter 3 - Rhetoric Versus Reality: Why Ethics Training Fails – And What Can Be Done To Fix It Brian D. Fitch, Christine H. Jones, Luann P. Pannell
Chapter 4 - The Role of Supervision in Motivating and Maintaining a Culture of Ethics Brian D. Fitch, Randy B. Means, Gregory Seidel
Chapter 5 - Ethics and Accountability: Policy and Oversight in the United Kingdom Attilio R. Grandai
Chapter 6 - Police Misconduct: Weakness of the Will Theron L. Bowman and Daniel T. Primozic
Chapter 7 - Bad Apple or Bad Barrel: Social Learning Theory as a Paradigm for Understanding Law Enforcement Misconduct Brian D. Fitch and Christine H. Jones
Chapter 8 - Ethics, Enforcement, and the Prospect of Professionalism Aaron D. Conley and Bryon G. Gustafson
Chapter 9 - The Psychology of Marginality Paul T. Zipper and Tina Adams
Chapter 10- Psychological and Neurophysiological Correlates, Determinants, and Predictors of Misconduct in Law Enforcement Officers With Subclinical Amir Hamidi and Patrick M.Koga
Chapter 11 - Ethics in Police Use of Force: Duty, Principle, and Morality Kevin A. Elliott and Joycelyn M. Pollock
Chapter 12 - Law Enforcement Interrogations: An Ethical Perspective James L. Ruffin
Chapter 13 - Law Enforcement Promotional Practices: The Ultimate Test of Ethics Alexandro Villamueva
Chapter 14 - Henry Louis Gates and Racial Profiling: What's the Problem? Bernard E. Harcourt
Chapter 15 - Leading Within the Era of Superagencies: Recruiting, Educating, Inspiring, and Retaining the Post 9/11 Generation of Officers Kelly W. Sunberg
Chapter 16 -Implementing Democratic Policing Reform: Challenges and Constraints in Developing Countries Cyndi Banks
Chapter 17 - The Tarnished Badge: The Effects of Off-duty Misconduct David Massey
Chapter 18 - Public Information in the Age of Youtube: Citizen Journalism and the Expanding Scope of Police Accountability Jarret Lovell

Brian D. Fitch, Ph.D. is a lieutenant and a 30-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Dr. Fitch is the former director of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Education-Based Incarceration program, as well as lead facilitator for the agency’s Deputy Leadership Institute curriculum. Dr. Fitch holds faculty positions at California State University Long Beach and Southwestern Law School. He has trained more than 5,000 law enforcement professionals throughout the United States and abroad, in leadership, supervision, ethics, leadership, and communication. Dr. Fitch has also taught in the leadership development programs sponsored by the Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles Fire Department, and California Police Officers Association. Dr. Fitch has published more than 30 articles and book chapters, and is the co-editor of two prior volumes – Education-Based Incarceration and Recidivism: The Ultimate Social Justice Crime Fighting Tool (Information Age Publishing, 2012); and Leadership in Education, Corrections, and Law Enforcement: A Commitment to Ethics, Equity, and Excellence (Emerald Books, 2011).