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Our section on Corruption and Misconduct focuses on an insider’s view of corruption and misconduct in law enforcement.  In this section, we list state and local police officers who have written books on ethics in criminal justice; specifically law enforcement and policing.

The Path of the Warrior: An Ethical Guide to Personal and Professional Development in the Field of Criminal Justice
Larry F. Jetmore  More Info

Dr. Larry Jetmore, a retired captain of the Hartford (CT) Police Department, has authored five books in the field of criminal justice, including, Path of the Warrior. A former police academy and SWAT team commander, he earned his Ph.D. at Union University in Ohio, plus master's, bachelor's, and associate's degrees in Connecticut. Dr. Jetmore is the director of the criminal justice program at Middlesex College in Middletown, CT and a full-time faculty member.


Dr. Larry Jetmore is the author of The Path of the Warrior: An Ethical Guild to Personal & Professional Development in the Field of Criminal Justice.  According to the book description, “Discover the keys to being a better officer, citizen and individual! Scores of officers nationwide have used this resource to develop an ethically sound warrior mind-set that dictates the way they live their lives in the field, off-duty, and forever. Dr. Jetmore brilliantly melds universal concepts of ethical behavior with real-world scenarios, then challenges you with provocative questions that help you grasp the nuances of right, wrong and the gray areas in between. Learn to live your life confidently, respectfully and fully while meeting the demands of your job!”

Police Ethics: A Matter of Character
Douglas W. Perez  More Info

Dr. Douglas W. Perez is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the State University of New York, Plattsburg. From 1970 to 1975, Douglas Perez was a deputy sheriff for the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office (California).  Currently, Dr. Douglas Perez teaches courses in the criminal justice field and has significant experience also in the sociological theory area. His classroom foci include the study of the police, law and society, the drug war, and introductory level courses. Dr. Douglas Perez is the author of The Paradoxes of Police Work and Common Sense about Police Review.  His is also the co-author of Police Ethics: A Matter of Character.


According to the book description of Police Ethics: A Matter of Character, “Police officers make thousands of important, life-changing decisions everyday. In order to promote and ensure justice, these decisions must be fair and even-handed. Police officers cannot think or act as if they are free to define what is legal and what is illegal or to decide who is inherently good and who is inherently bad. They must act in an ethical manner. Yet, police officers are given a limited amount of training in police ethics. Often times, it consists solely of a list of do's and don'ts. This book was written to emphasize the importance of police ethics. The authors seek to treat police officers as the intelligent and knowledgeable people that they are, instead of discussing what to do and what not to do. This book discusses various schools of ethical thought in a way that works from the ground up, moving from a general understanding toward practical applications. Readers will gain a workable understanding of ethics that can be applied to the entire gamut of situations they encounter on the street every day.”

Police Ethics
David A. Hansen  More Info

David A. Hansen was a captain with the Daly City Police Department (California).  He is the author of Police Ethics, An Analysis of Police Concepts and Programs, The Police Training Officer, Closed Circuit Television for Police and The Police Leader: A Handbook.

Police Ethics and the Jewish Tradition
Stephen M. Passamaneck  More Info

Professor Stephen M. Passamaneck, Rabbi, Ph.D. is Professor of Rabbinics at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles, where he has taught Talmud and medieval Jewish legal material. Early in his career he wrote on maritime and insurance law in Jewish sources. Since 1976, when he first affiliated with law enforcement agencies as a chaplain, he has written almost exclusively on law enforcement and administration of justice in Jewish sources. He was trained and sworn as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff and served as a line Reserve for eleven years. He continues to serve as a volunteer law enforcement chaplain with a federal law enforcement agency. He was elected President of the Jewish Law Association and has also been an officer of the International Conference of Police Chaplains.


In addition to the eight books he has authored or co-authored, Stephen M. Passamaneck is the author of Police Ethics and the Jewish Tradition.  According to the book description of Police Ethics and the Jewish Tradition, “Jewish tradition has a great deal to say about morals and ethics in various modern fields of public concern, including police ethics. In Police Ethics and the Jewish Tradition, author Stephen Passamaneck explores three areas of interest: loyalty, bribery and gratuities, and deception. Loyalty will always be a part of police culture and administrators are faced with the task of minimizing its abuses. Jewish tradition encourages the support of the whistleblower who exposes wrongdoing for the sake of the public good. This can sometimes lead to a clash between tradition and the "blue wall of silence."


In the area of bribery and gratuities, Jewish law prohibits bribery but modest gratuities may be accepted. Tradition allows a given class of persons to enjoy preferential treatment. In police culture, limits must be imposed on any gratuities. Any expression of respect and appreciation must have no relation to the manner in which a police officer performs his or her duties. In the area of deception, Jewish tradition is very clear that misleading the innocent is morally wrong. Police ethics accepts deception in an interrogation to obtain information, to protect a life, or to recover stolen property. Deceptive tactics, however, have no place in a court of law. Jewish legal tradition does not differ from modern western law in this respect. This book takes a first look at the idea that Jewish tradition may offer benefit to the evolving world of police ethics.”

Reputable Conduct: Ethical Issues in Policing and Corrections (2nd Edition)
John R. Jones  More Info

Daniel Carlson began his law enforcement career in 1967 as a patrolman with the City of Poughkeepsie, New York Police Department, where he served for two years before joining the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Department. In 1970, he joined the New York State Police and progressed through a range of ranks and assignments including Trooper, Sergeant, Zone Sergeant, Lieutenant (Zone Commander), and Uniform Captain. He retired in June, 1988, as the Assistant Director of Training for the New York State Police, in order to assume the position of Manager at the North Central Texas Regional Police Academy in Arlington, Texas. In November, 1992, Mr. Carlson became Associate Director of the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration in Richardson, Texas, where he was appointed Director in September, 2005.


With a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the State University of New York, Mr. Carlson was honored with the George Searle Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement Training. He has held adjunct faculty positions at both John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Ulster Community College in Kingston, New York, and has served as an Adjunct Instructor and Consultant with the Institute of Police Technology and Management in Jacksonville, Florida. Mr. Carlson has extensive experience in both the development and presentation of training programs in a wide variety of law enforcement subject areas.


Daniel Carlson has served as a member of the A.C.C.O.R.D. Committee (Acknowledging Community Cultural or Racial Diversity) for the Arlington Independent School District in Arlington, Texas, and is a graduate of the Ethics Corps program at the Josephson Institute for Ethics. A member of the Ethics Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Dan is Editor of The Ethics Roll Call: Listening to the Inner Voice, a quarterly publication of the Center for Law Enforcement Ethics at the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration. In addition, he is a member of the Police Executive Research Forum.


Dniel Carlson is author of When Cultures Clash: The Divisive Nature of Police-Community Relations and Suggestions for Improvement and the co-author of Reputable Conduct: Ethical Issues in Policing and Corrections.


According to the description of Reputable Conduct: Ethical Issues in Policing and Corrections, “This book looks at the peculiar ethical demands in the policing and corrections professions, with particular emphasis on sub-cultural constraints, and how loyalty to colleagues can sometimes cause a sacrifice of individuality. It contains a unique discussion on whether ethics can be taught, covers sensitive, real-life moral dilemmas and the ever-increasing ethical demands placed upon police and corrections professionals. For Chiefs of Police, Jail Wardens/Superintendents, and Principals of Justice Academies.”


Special Agent Stanley B. Burke, Law Enforcement Ethics Unit, FBI Academy, stated of Reputable Conduct: Ethical Issues in Policing and Corrections, it “has won praise from students, recruits, instructors and practitioners for its lively, relevant approach to the study of ethical dilemmas and professional problems faced by police officers and correctional workers. Now, in this revised edition, John R. Jones and Daniel P Carlson incorporate recent findings and events in the field. They have also incorporated several important and valuable suggestions made by the reviewers of the text. The result is a book that provides the most challenging and engaging introduction to the study of ethical issues in policing and corrections available in the United States today.”

An Introduction to Ethics and Professionalism in Law Enforcement
Dr. Randy Gonzalez  More Info

Dr. Randy Gonzales has enjoyed a 32 year career in the criminal justice field.  He has been a police officer, deputy sheriff, police instructor and chief of police of the New College of Florida Police Department. Dr. Randy Gonzalez holds a Master’s in Criminology and Public Administration, and a Ph.D. in Biblical Philosophy. A certified law enforcement instructor, Randy Gonzalez is the author of An Introduction to Ethics and Professionalism in Law Enforcement.


According to the description of An Introduction to Ethics and Professionalism in Law Enforcement, “An Introduction to Ethics and Professionalism offers distinctive insight and overview into the field of law enforcement. The book, used in police academy and college classes, investigates the Principles and Practices of Ethics in the ongoing Professionalization of American Law Enforcement.”

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