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Legislation vs. morality: a police officer’s ethical dilemma
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2011 (English)In: Police Practice & Research, ISSN 1561-4263, 10- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Policing is a moral endeavor. This paper discusses policing as a complex mission linked to its moral dimension and how individual values may impact how daily work is accomplished. It highlights the ethical dimension of decision-making from different ethical perspectives and the importance of developing practical ethical awareness in routine tasks and everyday activities. A routine episode, as depicted by a female police officer in an in-service program, illustrates how a number of ethical dimensions may arise in an unexpected situation with a discrepancy between the national ethical values for policing and its realization in practice. This paper draws attention to the importance of a forum in which shared dilemmas drawn from everyday activities are discussed, focusing on legislation as well as different ethical perspectives, to identify alternative actions.

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London: Routledge , 2011. 10- p.
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policing; moral dimension; individual values; decision-making
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-49186DOI: 10.1080/15614263.2011.627741OAI: diva2:453414
Available online: 01 Nov 2011Available from: 2011-11-02 Created: 2011-11-02 Last updated: 2011-11-04Bibliographically approved

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