Right Versus Right Decision Making in Criminal Justice Administration

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Unfortunately, in those types of situations, the right of agency mission and obligations to the community outweighs the right of providing maximum security and safety for officers in the field and often requires those agencies to rely on single-officer patrol vehicles or to field such a small number of officers in the field at any given time that backup is often too far away to provide the level of security that would be desirable and optimal. Obviously, both concerns are right: it is right to provide the maximum safety for officers in the field and it is right to ensure that agencies can fulfill their missions to their entire dependent communities with their available budgets.


Right-versus-right ethical analyses also frequently apply to issues involving citizens in myriad ways. In the last decade, the so-called "war on terrorism" in the United States in particular has generated intense debate in exactly that regard. The most common controversy that typically triggers right-versus-right ethical analysis in contemporary law enforcement is the balance between public safety on one hand and civil liberties on the other hand (Zalman, 2008). For example, virtually every element of heightened security measures necessitates a corresponding reduction in certain kinds of liberties that American citizens have come to expect in a free society. Both concerns represent rights: it is right to implement measures intended to protect the general public by thwarting potential terrorists; likewise, it is equally right to seek to preserve individual liberties in a society that has been built on valuing those liberties. Erring on the side of the former necessarily entails interfering with personal liberties. Erring on the side of the latter could very well result in the failure to protect the public from terrorism.

More generally, administrating police services involves continuously weighing right-versus-right issues. For another example, many police agencies have had to consider the relative value and importance of pursuing fleeing vehicles against the value and importance of public safety in relation to the risks to the public posed by high-speed vehicle chases on public streets (Schmalleger, 2010). Both interests are rights: it is right to pursue criminals fleeing from traffic stops and crimes; it is also right to avoid placing the public at risk…[continue]

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