A Values-based Methodology in Policing


Professional work is currently based on explicit knowledge and evidence to a greater degree than in the past. Standardising professional services in this way requires repetitive (or at least similar) scenarios and might be seen as a challenge to professional autonomy. In the context of policing, officers perform a range of familiar tasks, but they may also encounter novel challenges at any moment. Moreover, police tasks are not well-defined. Therefore, many missions require police officers to rely on common sense, tacit knowledge or gut feeling. In this article, I argue that a values-based methodology may serve as a tool to help evaluate decisions in unfamiliar situations, to learn from experience, as well as be a quality control for established routines.

Keywords:  ethics, policing, decision-making, values, experiential learningroutines.

Author Biography

Jens Erik Paulsen, Norwegian Police University College

Dr.art. i filosofi, Ingeniør i elkraft og datateknologi

Førsteamanuensis ved Politihøgskolen, avd Oslo

How to Cite
Paulsen, J. E. (2019). A Values-based Methodology in Policing. Etikk I Praksis - Nordic Journal of Applied Ethics, 13(1), 21-38. https://doi.org/10.5324/eip.v13i1.2547
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