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Investigative Ethics: Ethics for Police Detectives and Criminal Investigators
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Investigative Ethics: Ethics for Police Detectives and Criminal Investigators

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Published May 2014 (Wiley-Blackwell)
ISBN: 9781405157728. Hard Cover.

Seumas Miller, Ian A. Gordon

Investigative Ethics: Ethics for Police Detectives and Criminal Investigators presents applied philosophical analyses of the ethical issues that arise for police detectives and other investigators in contemporary society.

  • Explores ethical issues relating to investigative independence, rights of victims and suspects, use of informants, entrapment, privacy and surveillance, undercover operations, deception, and suspect interviewing
  • Represents the first monograph providing a detailed consideration of ethical issues in police investigations
  • Features authorship by an applied philosopher specializing in police ethics, and a former UK senior police officer
  • Combined authorship ensures the text is anchored in actual police practice as well as providing high quality ethical analysis

Acknowledgments viii

Introduction: Ethics and the Role of the Investigator 1

1 Law, Morality, and Policing 17

2 Knowledge, Evidence, and the Aims of Investigation 48

3 Intelligence and Intelligence Gathering 80

4 Investigative Independence 99

5 Crimes against the Person 118

6 Property Crime 149

7 Terrorism 171

8 Police Corruption 201

9 Informants and Internal Witnesses 223

10 Surveillance and Monitoring 243

11 Undercover Operations and Entrapment 263

12 Interviewing 279

References 297

Index 308

Seumas Miller is a Professorial Research Fellow in Applied Philosophy at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at Charles Sturt University, Canberra, and the 3TU Centre for Ethics and Technology at Delft University of Technology, The Hague. His authored books include Social Action: A Teleological Account (2001), The Moral Foundations of Social Institutions: A Philosophical Study (2010), Terrorism and Counter-terrorism: Ethics and Liberal Democracy (2009), and, with John Blackler, Ethical Issues in Policing (2005).

Ian A. Gordon is Associate Professor in Policing at Charles Sturt University and Convener of the Standards Commission for Scotland. A former chief police officer in Scotland, Gordon was responsible for professional standards, police use of firearms, and the Scottish DNA Database. He has commanded major events (2005 G8 conference) and worked with police forces in Australia, Sri Lanka, Sierra Leone, Russia, and Thailand on police strategy, crime, and professional/ethical issues.


“Liberally illustrated with challenging cases, this volume marshals and discusses the many ethical problems encountered by police investigators. In an area that tends to be governed by pragmatic considerations, it provides an important check on the desire and pressure for results.”

—John Kleinig, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

“Rarely has the publication of a work exploring modern crime investigation shown such a thorough grasp of the myriad challenges, many of them ethical, facing tenacious investigators.”

—Sir Dan Crompton, Former UK Police Chief and HM Inspector of Police

"Investigative Ethics is applied philosophy of the best sort. Its thoughtful analysis of foundational issues in police ethics—at once sophisticated and accessible—will provide a valuable resource for philosophers, legal academics, and police practitioners."

—Stuart Green, Rutgers Law School

Investigative Ethics makes a valuable contribution to the growing body of critical and informed literature on criminal investigative practice. While aimed at police detectives and criminal investigators, it has much to offer professional administrative investigators. Highly recommended.”

—Nigel Savidge, Lead Integrity Specialist, Asian Development Bank

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