Police Ethics

  • Michael S. Pike


The principles of policing which Lord Scarman identified in his Report1 emphasised the need, widely recognised by police officers, to secure the trust, confidence, respect and support of the public. Only by insisting on high standards of professional conduct at all levels can these objectives be met since anything which falls short of the high standards expected by the public will lead to a lack of confidence, respect and support. A police service which alienates itself from the public it serves can hardly call itself a profession and cannot rely on the principle of policing by consent.


Police Officer Police System Police Service Police Conduct Criminal Procedure 
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  1. 3.
    A. V. Dicey, Law and public Opinion in England (1914) p. 121.Google Scholar
  2. 10.
    A good account of Bruce Smith’s contribution to American police reform can be found in Patterson Smith, Pioneers of Policing, (1977) ch. 11 (T. A. Reppetto).Google Scholar
  3. 11.
    B. Smith, A Preface to Law Enforcement, Annals 291 (Jan. 1954): 3.Google Scholar

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