SOLVING THE USE OF EXCESSIVE FORCE
Ross Swope served the police profession for more than four decades. Highly decorated and accomplished, he worked with thousands of officers and police officials who performed their duty with courage, dedication, and compassion. But today, those honorable professionals—and law enforcement itself—are threatened by the criminal acts of a few corrupt members. In Ethics-Based Policing, Swope presents a clear guide for solving the problem. Focusing on seven building blocks of integrity, illustrated by stories from his career, he shows police departments how to use the tools already at their disposal to create a culture grounded in accountability. When his approach is implemented with unwavering dedication, police use of excessive force or brutality will dramatically decline, thereby reducing and even eliminating resentment and ill will. is book is an invitation to join the call for higher ethical standards to improve the profession and restore an environment of trust, con dence, and cooperation between the public and those who have sworn an oath to serve them.
Amazon Book Reviews
Mark R. Hosier
"Well-written, well-researched, well-versed. As it appears often in the book: this is a reference manual for any Corporal, Sergeant, or Lieutenant. At this time in Policing, the discussion and problem solving in excessive force is more than warranted. We can do better and will."
"I highly recommend that this book be read by every leader, academy trainer, and field training officer in law enforcement. Chief Swope does an outstanding job explaining how mediocrity and the lack of police supervision contribute heavily to the unethical conduct exhibited by officers, and he does an outstanding job explaining how unethical conduct occurs and what police leaders can do to ensure that unethical conduct doesn't permeate their organizations. This is a must read!"
How does a police force earn the respect and confidence of the community that they protect and serve? The answer is clearly explained by a person who advanced from the bottom to the top of the profession through a 40 year career in law enforcement. Real life anecdotes demonstrate that leading by example and mentoring those that sign up for this challenging job play an important role in creating trust in the ranks and in the public opinion. Every police officer should read and practice what is preached in this important new book.