Ethics and Canadian Law Enforcement offers a comprehensive overview of law enforcement decision-making procedures in Canada, and evaluates the ethical conduct expected of law enforcement personnel, such as police officers, sheriffs, correctional officers, and private security. Dr. Richard Parent, a police officer for more than 30 years, draws on his professional experience to examine codes of conduct, internal investigations, misconduct and discipline, and the purpose of the civilian review.
This text provides an exceptional overview of the theories, personal morals, values, and tenets of professionalism that lay the foundation for ethical decision-making. Selected topics examine the use of force; on and off-duty challenges; issues of accountability and oversight; the application of issued firearms; diversity in the law enforcement workforce; and the considerations that are unique to law enforcement policies within Indigenous communities.
This accessible resource, which features boxed examples, chapter summaries, key terms, self-evaluation questions, and critical thinking exercises, is ideal for college and university students enrolled in police foundation and criminal justice programs, as well as law enforcement training agencies.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Overview of Ethical and Professional Conduct in Canadian Law Enforcement
Chapter 2: Morals, Ethics, Values, and Ethical Decision Making
Chapter 3: Core Values, Code of Conduct, and Investigative Issues
Chapter 4: The Ethical and Professional Law Enforcement Officer
Chapter 5: The Law Enforcement Environment: On and Off Duty Challenges
Chapter 6: Decision Making and the Use of Force
Chapter 7: Accountability and Oversight
Chapter 8: Indigenous Issues
Chapter 9: Correctional and Jail Services
Chapter 10: Moving Forward: Fostering an Ethical and Professional Workplace
Afterword: Building Police-Community Partnerships: Trust and Accountability
“This textbook fills a meaningful gap in police foundations, justice studies, and criminology courses as it includes valuable perspectives on women and Indigenous peoples in policing.”
—John Irwin, University of Guelph-Humber
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