Teaching Police Ethics: Analysis of an Increasingly Complex Teaching Context

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The inclusion of ethics in police training and education has been a topic of steady debate amongst academics and police themselves since at least the 1970s. However, it has often taken second place to discussions about ethical policing or the ethics of policing as instances of police corruption and misconduct and poor relations with specific communities have come to light. Nonetheless, the teaching of police ethics has been continuing and evolving, and it is timely to revisit four specific questions concerning how police ethics should be taught and who should teach it:
(1) Why teach police ethics?
(2) At what objectives should the teaching of police ethics aim?
(3) Who should teach police ethics?
(4) To what extent should the content of police ethics teaching include theoretical ethics?
LanguageEnglish
JournalPolice Practice and Research: an international journal
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2019

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