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Vol 21 No 9 Sept/Oct 2016

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Police and Law Enforcement Ethics

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Edited by: Seumas Miller

ISBN13: 9781472441102
To be Published: October 2016
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £195.00

This collection is a contribution to the literature on police ethics, with a specific focus on the philosophical literature on ethical issues that arise in police enforcement of the law. While the occupation of policing has as its raison d'etre the provision of a human 'good', such as the maintenance of law and order and the protection of legally enshrined moral rights, the achievement of these fundamental ends arguably requires the routine use of harmful methods, notably coercive force, but also deception and the infringement of privacy.

The wide-range of essays included in this volume touch upon the issues of both lethal and non-lethal coercive force in policing as well as philosophical theories of police authority. It also covers the rights of suspects that are infringed by some of the methods deployed by police, for instance the deception in interrogation undercover work, entrapment, surveillance and data-collection. In recent times there has been an increase in the numbers of private sector investigators, most prominently in the protective services area, and the final section of volume deals with private policing.

This book will appeal to anyone with an interest in police ethics in general, and law enforcement ethics in particular.

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Police and Public Order Law
Part I Police Authority: The ethics of policing, John Kleinig
Ethical issues in policing, Seumas Miller and John Blackler
The politics of the police, Robert Reiner.
Part II Coercive Force: Arrest and Detention: The functions of police in modern society, Egon Bittner
The pervasive false pretence of full enforcement, K.C. Davis
Ethical constraints on taser use by police, John Kleinig.
Part III Public-Order Policing: Power and restraint: the moral dimension of police work, Howard S. Cohen and Michael Feldberg
The strong arm of the law: armed and public order policing, P.A.J. Waddington
Above the law: police and the excessive use of force, Jerome H. Skolnick and James J. Fyfe.
Part IV Deadly Force: The strong arm of the law: armed and public order policing, P.A.J. Waddington
Ethical issues in policing, Seumas Miller and John Blackler
Civil emergencies and the claims of innocence, Tziporah Kasachkoff and John Kleinig
The police in war: fighting insurgency, terrorism and violent crime, David H. Bayley and Robert M. Perito. Part V Investigation: Police detectives, criminal investigations and collective moral responsibility, Seumas Miller
An ethics of interrogation, Michael Skerker
Police informers and professional ethics, Clive Harfield.
Part VI Privacy, Confidentiality and Enforcement: Under-the-covers undercover investigations: some reflections on the state's use of sex and deception in law enforcement, Gary T. Marx
NSA: national security vs. individual rights, Amitai Etzioni.
Part VII Private Policing: Private security and public policing, Trevor Jones and Tim Newburn
Powers and accountability of private police, Philip C. Stenning
Studying fraud as white collar crime, Geoffrey Smith, Mark Button, Les Johnston and Kwabena Frimpong. Index.