With debate about police ethics intensifying, this stimulating book considers afresh the fundamental role of officers and their relations with society.
• It is a comprehensive and up-to-date introduction to ethical policing, taking a moral philosophical perspective to the evidence base and literature on the subject.
• Leading contemporary thinker Dominic Wood tackles the ethical issues of policing as a matter of compliance and discipline and reviews them in the context of contemporary challenges in policing and the wider criminal justice framework.
• From the parameters of moral policing to the role of human rights and to embedding ethics within police operations, this is a thorough overview of the subject of police ethics and legitimacy, and a springboard for further research and analysis.
A timely contribution to discussions about the police and their legitimacy, this is essential reading for all those studying, teaching and leading the profession.
“Ethical policing is a major concern in contemporary police affairs and this thorough book makes a significant contribution to the study of the issue. Meets the needs of students and practitioners.” Peter Joyce, Wrexham Glyndwr University
"Combining philosophical and applied debates, this engaging and provocative book will be a valuable reference to all of those interested in police professionalisation and ethics in public life." Michael Rowe, Northumbria University
"Essential reading for those interested in understanding the ethical underpinnings necessary for the legitimacy of police powers, and classical groundings in moral philosophy." Michelle Addison, Northumbria University
Dominic Wood is the Head of School of Law, Criminal Justice and Policing at Canterbury Christ Church University.
Establishing the parameters of ethical policing
From ethical neutrality to principled policing
The role of human rights in providing the basis for good policing
Justice as fairness, procedural justice and police legitimacy
Ethical policing in practice – consequences matter
Embedding ethics within police practice