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Power and Restraint: The Moral Dimension of Police Work

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ISBN-13: 978-0275938574
ISBN-10: 0275938573
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"Power and Restraint is designed to provide police officers and police trainers with the resources needed to develop and implement effective ethics training. The first three chapters present a model for police ethics based on John Locke's Second Treatise of Civil Government. Each of the following four chapters focuses on a dilemma that might be faced by police officers, and is accompanied by discussion of the possible alternate responses to the dilemma. This is a unique text, as available information in the area of police ethics is limited. The authors, recognized experts in the field of police ethics, have been developing training materials for more than 12 years. The book is clearly written, well reasoned, and is adequately referenced and indexed. Recommended for libraries serving law enforcement training programs or academic programs in criminal justice."-Choice

?Power and Restraint is designed to provide police officers and police trainers with the resources needed to develop and implement effective ethics training. The first three chapters present a model for police ethics based on John Locke's Second Treatise of Civil Government. Each of the following four chapters focuses on a dilemma that might be faced by police officers, and is accompanied by discussion of the possible alternate responses to the dilemma. This is a unique text, as available information in the area of police ethics is limited. The authors, recognized experts in the field of police ethics, have been developing training materials for more than 12 years. The book is clearly written, well reasoned, and is adequately referenced and indexed. Recommended for libraries serving law enforcement training programs or academic programs in criminal justice.?-Choice

About the Author

HOWARD S. COHEN is Associate Provost and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts--Boston. He developed a seminar in ethics for police trainers and curriculum developers at the Boston University Law Enforcement Trainers Institute and has published widely on issues relating to philosophy and criminal justice since 1973. His previous book, Equal Rights for Children, was published in 1980.

MICHAEL FELDBERG is President of The Boston-Fenway Program, Inc., a community service organization specializing in public and community safety issues. He is the former director of the Criminal Justice Program at Metropolitan College, Boston University, where he currently holds the rank of Adjunct Professor of Urban Affairs and Criminal Justice. His previous books include The Philadelphia Riots of 1844: A Study of Ethnic Conflict (Greenwood Press, 1975), Moral Issues in Police Work (edited with Frederick Elliston), and Ethics for Professional Police (with Howard Cohen).

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 186 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger (June 30, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0275938573
  • ISBN-13: 978-0275938574
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #776,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By David Stager on April 20, 2002
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Every line officer and every police manager can benefit from this book. Anyone involved in hiring new police officers should have this book on the short list of required reading. This country has a need for improving ethics and morality in police work. Now more than ever the very best police officers must be hired and serve the public fairly and objectively. This book articulates the ideal. It is not theoretical, but practical. The book explains how and why police decisions should be made.
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By Michael on January 31, 2015
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It can be a hard read if you're not use to philosophy....class room or otherwise.
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By hake12 on December 26, 2013
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Had to buy this book for a class. The only reason anyone should ever buy this book is because it is required. Super boring and states the obvious: Police are hated, be moral, practice good judgement, blah, blah, blah. Once again, if you are somehow here looking at this book to read for your own leisure, don't. If you are here to buy it as a course text, well then you have to purchase so now you have my sparknote version to go off of to make it more bearable. Enjoy...
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As expected
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