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By Edwin J. Delattre

The 5th version of this enduring paintings good points new fabric on how brand new cops can meet the moral demanding situations of policing whereas dwelling as much as heightened calls for for larger safeguard. Professor Delattre addresses the necessity for cautious collection of legislations enforcement recruits by utilizing 4 examples of highbrow competence and ethical probity in policing and legislation enforcement: the research of mass homicide at Columbine highschool, which used to be performed lower than FBI management; the potent transformation of the police strength within the Rampart region of l. a. following the catastrophic police misconduct of the Nineteen Nineties and the reforms of the l. a. police division as a complete; the winning anti-gang paintings carried out through the Fairfax County police in Virginia; and the layout and development, because the September eleven terrorist assaults, of the recent York country place of work of native land protection.

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Such experience at behaving well cannot be replaced by less intimate methods of instruction, and certainly not by holier-than-thou moralizing that implies a person of excellent character must shun every enjoyment of life. Practice and encouragement are necessary to moral wisdom because the proof of the quality of moral life is in living it. The mission of policing can safely be entrusted only to those who grasp what is morally important and who respect integrity. Without this kind of personal character in police, no set of codes, rules, or laws can safeguard that mission from the ravages of police misconduct.

27 THE MISSION OF POLICE 29 Police often sense that people draw into themselves when the police are around. That is, perhaps, the reason the social life of many police officers centers on the companionship of other officers. They share in the tradition of St. George, because they have the authority to use force, even deadly force, though for most officers the need is rare. But police must remember that their mission is more complicated than St. George’s, and if they work well, they will convey much more to the public than the image of a mere slayer of dragons.

Temperate persons are not indifferent to pleasure, nor do they reject recreation, relaxation, and amusements, but they choose pleasures that contribute to well-being. Self-control is also an essential part of courage and fortitude, at least in extremis. Courageous officers facing life-threatening situations hardly take EXCELLENCE OF CHARACTER 13 pleasure in them, but will not run away and leave a partner or an innocent bystander exposed. They find fulfillment in not allowing fear to dictate their behavior.

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