Ethics, Discretion & Professionalism in Policing


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Which term or phrase means that the police have freedom to decide what should be done in any particular policing situation?

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1. Why is policing a profession?

2. Which term or phrase means that there is a system of moral values that are generally accepted as professional standards in policing?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Police integrity is a broad concept, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help test your understanding of the vocabulary surrounding this concept. Some terms that you'll be assessed on include police ethics, police discretion, and professionalism in policing

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on your understanding of:

  • Police ethics
  • Police integrity
  • Professionalism in policing
  • Policing as a profession
  • Police discretion

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allows students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related hypothetical situations involving police officers in the lesson
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as police ethics and police discretion
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding how a policeman's integrity can affect not only citizens he or she is serving, but also fellow members of the policing profession
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about how this lesson is especially relevant in light of current events involving police and members of minority communities

Additional Learning

To learn more about police integrity, review the accompanying lesson on Ethics in Policing. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand how police integrity includes sub-topics such as police ethics, professionalism and police discretion
  • Know how personal ethics of police officers are just as important as police ethics
  • Understand how important police integrity is in light of the powers given to police officers in our society
  • Understand how a lack of police integrity by one officer can affect the integrity of all police officers in the profession