Learning Objectives

As a result of reading this chapter, you will be able to

  • Articulate legitimate ethical dilemmas that arise with police, courts, and corrections practitioners
  • Explain the philosophical foundations that underlie and mold modern ethical behavior
  • Discuss the need for, and application of, ethical standards as they concern police
  • Explain the importance of ethics in the court system
  • Delineate the unique ethical considerations and obligations that exist with federal employees
  • Explain the interplay of ethics with the subculture and job-related stress in corrections practitioners
  • Evaluate the ethical decision-making process using a scenario
  • Apply ethical tests to decide what is and is not ethical behavior