Assignment 3: philosophical and practical approach for balancing


Write a three to five (3-5) page paper in which you: 

1.   Create a philosophy and approach for balancing the issues of individual  rights and the public’s protection. Provide one to two (1 to 2) examples  illustrating how you will balance the two issues in your own career in  law enforcement. 

2.   Determine a philosophy and approach for balancing the use of reward and  punishment in criminal justice. Provide one to two (1-2) examples  illustrating how you will use this philosophy in your own career. 

3.   Select a philosophy and approach that addresses the use of immoral means  (e.g., torture or lying in interrogation) to accomplish desirable ends.  Provide one to two (1-2) examples illustrating how you will use this  philosophy in your own career. 

4.   Explain what you believe the Ethics of Care and Peacemaking Criminology  presented in your textbook should mean for law enforcement  professionals. 

5.  Support your position statement with three (3) relevant and credible references, documented according to SWS. (Note: Do not use open source sites such as,,, and Wikipedia.) 

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements: 

  • This course requires use of Strayer Writing Standards (SWS).  The format is different than other Strayer University courses. Please  take a moment to review the SWS documentation for details.
  • Include  a cover page developed in accordance with SWS, including a running  head, page number, the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the  professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page,  revision of the previous assignment, and the reference page are not  included in the required assignment page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Analyze the issues pertinent to codes of conduct and / or the ethics of duty.
  • Recommend ways to use ethics to improve decision making in the criminal justice system. 
  • Analyze  various philosophical approaches for ethical decision making, and the  effectiveness and limits of each approach for making ethical choices.
  • Analyze the ethical issues involved with balancing means and ends in the criminal justice field.
  • Examine the key elements of virtue and character.
  • Examine reasons for and effective ways to apply critical ethical thinking to criminal justice issues.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in ethics and leadership in criminal justice.
  • Write clearly and concisely about ethics and leadership in criminal justice using proper writing mechanics. 

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