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Pollock, J. M. (2004). Ethics in crime and justice: Dilemmas and decisions (4th ed.). Belmont, CA: Thomson/Wadsworth.

Chapter 8 - Page 210 - Justifications for and Arguments Against Undercover

* Choose an argument for or against the use of undercover work by law enforcement officials.
* Support your position on the issue and defend that position using an ethical framework from p. 210.

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Undercover Policing: A Consequentialist View

Two Ethical systems come to mind when one thinks of the covert nature of undercover work. Sure, it is quite possible to justify the validity (or for that matter, invalidity) of undercover work with a range of applicable Ethical Systems, even those that do not fall under a deontic perspective. Thomas Burton, a former Special Agent & Undercover specialist for the DEA (1970-1995) highlights the increased efficiency that an 'undercover insertion' does in police investigations. Crimes of the current period, especially that involving drugs, firearms and terrorism are ...

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The solution is a concise argument on undercover work as a law enforcement method using the book by J.M. Pollock on Ethics & Criminal Justuice taking on a consequentialist ethical viewpoint.