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Studying police officers' ethical decision-making process : insights and directions

Boekbijdrage - Hoofdstuk

In this chapter, the outline of a doctoral research project in respect of police officersU+2019ethical decisionU+2013making process is discussed. The aim of the project is to explore ifthere is a discrepancy between how police officers think they make decisions, andhow they actually make decisions in practice. After some theoretical findings arepresented and the context in which the study will take place is outlined, we describethe different phases of the project, as well as some results from our exploratoryphase, and we explain how we will embed these insights in the subsequent phases ofthe project. One of the main findings of our exploratory interviews with Belgianpolice officers is that every police function has some specific moral dilemmas, butpolice officers are also confronted with some more general dilemmas (for instance, adiscrepancy between what the law prescribes and a police officerU+2019s gut feeling).Furthermore, we found that different groups of factors are believed to have an impacton the decisionU+2013making process of police officers (i.e. the characteristics of the policeofficer, the characteristics of the civilian, organizational characteristics, andsituational characteristics). The relevance of these findings is discussed and theresults are embedded in a conceptual framework that will be used throughout theproject. We propose a factorU+2013based decisionU+2013making framework for police officers,which we plan to test empirically by means of an online survey, semiU+2013structuredinterviews, and systematic social observations.
Boek: Challenges of comparative criminological research
Series: GERN Research Paper Series
Pagina's: 10 - 54
Jaar van publicatie:2020