Police Ethics, 3rd Edition

The Corruption of Noble Cause

Police Ethics, 3rd Edition,John Crank,Michael Caldero,ISBN9781437744552






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  • Key terms supplement each chapter.
  • Provides students of policing with a realistic understanding of problems that arise in police work.


This book provides an examination of noble cause, how it emerges as a fundamental principle of police ethics and how it can provide the basis for corruption. The noble cause — a commitment to "doing something about bad people" — is a central "ends-based" police ethic that can be corrupted when officers violate the law on behalf of personally held moral values. This book is about the power that police use to do their work and how it can corrupt police at the individual and organizational levels. It provides students of policing with a realistic understanding of the kinds of problems they will confront in the practice of police work.


Students and professionals in the criminal justice field.

John Crank

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Nebraska, Omaha

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Michael Caldero

Affiliations and Expertise

Bellevue College

Police Ethics, 3rd Edition

Part 1: Value-Based Decisionmaking and the Ethics of Noble Cause

1. Value-Based Decisionmaking: Understanding the Noble Cause

2. Values, Hiring, and Early Organizational Experiences

3. Values and Administrative Dilemmas

4. The Social Psychology of Cops’ Values

Part 2: Noble-Cause Corruption

5. From Economic to Noble-Cause Corruption

6. Stress, Organizational Accountability, and the Noble Cause

7. Ethics and the Means-Ends Dilemma

8. Police Culture, Ends-Orientation, and Noble-Cause Corruption

Part 3: Ethics and Police in a Time of Change

9. Policing Citizens, Policing Communities: Toward an Ethic of Negotiated Order

10. The Stakes

11. Recommendations

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