Character and Cops, Sixth Edition
Ethics in Policing

  • Title:

    Character and Cops, Sixth Edition
  • Format:

    Paperback
  • Paperback Price:

    34.95
  • Paperback ISBN:

    978-0-8447-7225-7
  • Paperback Dimensions:

    6" x 9"
  • 600 Paperback pages
  • Buy the Book

A new, expanded edition of the classic police ethics textbook

Praise for Character and Cops


"This fascinating volume, a sophisticated exercise in applied political philosophy, illuminates the complexity of policing and the central role of that profession in a free society."

--George F. Will, syndicated columnist

"Police work is among the most challenging of careers and it is best done by those with strong character. For more than twenty years, Ed Delattre has been teaching police officers at every level about the complexities of ethical policing and providing clear guidance to strengthen their character. Each edition of Character and Cops builds on a rock-solid foundation of wisdom while recognizing the constantly changing world in which we police. In the sixth edition, he takes on the vexing issue of officers returning from deployments in war zones. His contributions to help those who police America cannot be overstated."

--Darrel W. Stephens, executive director, Major Cities Chiefs Police Association

"Policing in the twenty-first century requires more than ever the utmost trust of the citizens law enforcement serves. Delattre's emphasis on the virtues of character, integrity, and honesty coupled with compassion and equal justice for all makes this book required reading for police supervisors at all levels."

--James W. McMahon, former superintendent, New York State Police

"Dr. Delattre's book is the gold standard text on police integrity and ethics. Both applicants and seasoned veterans alike should read and apply the many lessons in this book. Rookies will gain wisdom on good decision making that no police academy teaches. Experienced officers will find affirmation for their noblest service."

--Richard W. Myers, Chief of Police, Colorado Springs, CO

"Thankfully, someone who possesses both the intellect and proper value structure has chosen to study this issue. Police administrators throughout the United States are deeply indebted to Ed Delattre."

--Thomas A. Constantine, former administrator, Drug Enforcement Association

"Delattre's emphasis on the achievement of good character applies to every walk of public and private life."

--Chuck Wexler, executive director, Police Executive Research Forum

Edwin J. Delattre is an adjunct scholar at AEI.

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