Ethical Issues: Police Work

Consider the following questions, with the ethical systems in mind. Ethics systems are narmative ethics, utilitarianism, deontological, teleology, categorical imperative and peacemaking philosophy.

Is it ethical for detectives to deliberately use deception during an interrogation? The Supreme Court has ruled that deceptions are legal, but are they ethical? If so, identify under which ethical system police would be permitted to use deception as an interrogation technique.

All police agencies make use of informants. Larger departments even pay their informants and keep track of their contributions to cases. Discuss the ethical problems of using informants to assist with investigations.

Give an example of an "accepted lie" and show how it is ethically permissible.

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