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Ethics and Police Work

by: Shannon Lee

Ethics and Police Work 3060-01

Shannon Lee

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Notes for chapter 4
Ethics and Diversity in criminal justice
Dr. Cadwallader
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ethics, police work, Criminal Justice
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Shannon Lee on Wednesday February 24, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to 3060-01 at North Carolina Central University taught by Dr. Cadwallader in Winter 2016. Since its upload, it has received 16 views. For similar materials see Ethics and Diversity in criminal justice in Criminology and Criminal Justice at North Carolina Central University.

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Date Created: 02/24/16
Ethics and Police Work Police Work  Police is the “government-endorsed, coercive muscle to help achieve harmony in society”  Coercion=force  The Patriot Act and increasing police intrusion into people's lives Learning Ethics  Police subculture defining normative behavior (social clusters)  Differential Association: Frequency, intensity, and duration  Affiliation ice groups: near and far  Social isolation and the “us vs them” (The Stockholm Effect)  Criminals as associates Justifying Unethical Conduct  Neutralization (rationalization) o Denial of responsibility o Denial of injury o Denial of the victim o Condemnation of the condemners o Appeals to higher loyalty Rewards and Punishments  Operant conditioning: behavior based upon its consequences  Criminal behavior is learned through a process of differential reinforcement  The perceived or actual punishments incurred by other members of the subculture are also important motivational factors that guide police deviant behavior Rational Choice Perspective  Rational choice theory has been used to explain motivational for police deviance, including unethical behavior  Rational choice argument does not discount that deviant behavior can be learned or amplified by structured processes within organization 2


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