Ethical Defensibility: Using the Intelligence Led Policing Template to Avoid the Appearance of Unconstitutional Policing

The concept of Ethical Defensibility provides all sworn personnel with the philosophical tools and analytical skills necessary to weigh value-based alternatives, resulting in the repetitive acts needed to protect, preserve, and defend the integrity of the police profession.

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Those in the Information Sharing Environment (I.S.E.) are tasked with the laborious duty of gathering, analyzing, interpreting, vetting, and disseminating information about alleged acts of criminality and criminal associations while simultaneously protecting the privacy rights of those they investigate. If there are truly any policies in the field of law enforcement that are philosophically based, with higher standards and modes of self-accountability, they are the policies, codes, and rules of the Intelligence Led Policing (ILP) paradigm. There is a critical, philosophical, and ethical reason for this, and all facets of the profession can take a page from this evolving paradigm in regards to constitutional accountability.