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Power And Restraint: The Moral Dimension Of Police Work Howard S. Cohen

Power And Restraint: The Moral Dimension Of Police Work

Howard S. Cohen

Published June 30th 1991
ISBN : 9780275938567
Paperback
186 pages
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In accepting the authority to govern, what responsibilities do the police incur? Power and Restraint attempts to answer this question by using a moral perspective grounded in the social contract, and by defining an ethical basis for police work.MoreIn accepting the authority to govern, what responsibilities do the police incur? Power and Restraint attempts to answer this question by using a moral perspective grounded in the social contract, and by defining an ethical basis for police work. Howard S. Cohen and Michael Feldberg posit five standards by which to measure responsible police behaviour- fair access, public trust, safety and security, teamwork, and objectivity. To test their proposals, Cohen and Feldberg apply these standards to several familiar yet challenging cases that are encountered in municipal patrol work in the United States, illustrating how police officers can develop appropriate moral responses to complex and difficult circumstances. These developed standards of ethical behaviour can be used as a basis for the rehearsal of decision-making and action in police training as well as for the judicious evaluation of police behaviour after the fact.