MacVean, A (2015) 'Great expectations: towards a greater understanding of ethics in policing by exploring practices in the medical profession.' In: Hakim, N, Papalois, V and Epstein, M, eds. Ethical and legal issues in modern surgery. Introductory series in medicine (2). Imperial College Press, London. ISBN 9781848162464

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While it may appear on first impression that the practices of medicine and policing have little in common, this perception is wholly deceptive; they are both inextricably linked by a number of professional obligations and responsibilities. These include: -Both professions are service-oriented — that is they offer a valuable public service. -They are both first responders in emergencies and other crises. -Doctors and police officers have to make fast time decisions in challenging and rapidly changing situations. -Policing and medicine have points of reference towards the satisfaction of fundamental needs in health and justice. -Practitioners deal with matters and make decisions of significant importance to the welfare of individuals which may have great benefits or cause severe harm. -Medicine and policing have specialist knowledge and expertise that enables them to fulfil their role in ways that untrained members of the public cannot. Therefore the public seek the services of medicine and policing to intervene and assist them in situations that they have neither the knowledge or expertise to be able to do so for themselves. -The professions are characterised by a high degree of autonomy and discretion.

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