ERIC Number: ED096425
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Jun-20
Reference Count: 0
[Law Enforcement Standards of Decency and Fairness].
Saxbe, William B.
Effective policemen need to have as much knowledge as possible about society; they need to be fair, like the criminal justice system they represent. Society cannot be protected unless there is full accordance with the law. Questions of concern are whether the poor man or the black man are receiving the same treatment as the rich or influential man. "Fairness is most needed when it is in short supply, when a problem assumes such proportions that nearly everyone is ready to go beyond the law to solve it." Past examples of this are the relocation of Japanese-Americans after Pearl Harbor and the threats of foreign espionage and Communist subversion after World War II. A more recent example are the intelligence/investigative programs that develop tactics of disruption; national security can be protected without such practices. Ways are needed to enforce laws without violating standards of decency and fairness. All of us with criminal justice responsibilities need to examine and reexamine every aspect of our work for both legality and fairness. Our measure should be fairness, justice, and effectiveness. (EA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Federal Bureau of Investigation
Note: Address given before the 97th Session Graduation Exercises of the FBI National Academy (Quantico, Virginia, June 20, 1974)