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Ethical Heroes: Ethical Considerations for Peacekeepers


Ethical Heroes: Ethical Considerations for Peacekeepers

Please note:  This program is a two-day event.  The program schedule is as follows:
October 15, 2018, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
October 16, 2018, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

This course was developed to counter the traditional law enforcement-related ethics courses that tend to shake and point a proverbial finger at peacekeeping organizations and their peacekeepers. Such poorly delivered programs tend to carry a negative connotation and lose educational and training value. Unlike traditional law enforcement related ethics programs, this program assumes that law enforcement officers are good and noble peacekeepers striving to do the right thing, at the right time, with the right people, and for the right reasons. Specifically, this course explores the ethics problem, the ethical hero challenge, influences on naturally occurring human thought and behavior, and reinforcements to ethical decision-making including peer intervention and the Ethical Hero. This course strives to examine the decision-making process through case studies and discussion. Additionally, this course surveys ethics-related concepts and ethical decision-making processes from a peacekeeping perspective. This course is mission critical to officer safety, public safety, career survival, and positive public relations. This ethics program redefines ethics training for law enforcement.


Learners will be able to identify and discuss the ethics problem in law enforcement.

Learners will be able to identify and discuss the “Ethical Heroes” challenge.

Learners will be able to identify and discuss ethics-related concepts as it relates to peacekeeping.

Learners will be able to identify and discuss influences on naturally occurring human thought and behavior.

Learners will be able to identify and discuss reinforcements to ethical decision making – including peer intervention – the Ethical Hero.


First Responders (Law Enforcement, Investigators, Fire & Rescue)

Security Directors

Attorneys / Legal Representation

Emergency Managers

Risk, Threat, and Crisis Managers

Anyone with an Interest in Peacekeeping

Mr. Samuel Hanson has over thirteen years of experience in the public safety sector, and is the Founder and Executive Director of Peacekeeping Institute. Mr. Hanson is a law enforcement officer and trainer of both recruit and in-service officers. Additionally, Mr. Hanson teaches both Criminal Justice and Psychology courses at the college level. Mr. Hanson holds a graduate degree, including doctoral-related work in psychology. Mr. Hanson was and continues to be instrumental in his agency’s “Ethics” and “Decision Making” educational programs. Mr. Hanson is a champion of the nobility of peacekeeping and an advocate of legal and lawful, legitimate, and ethical decision making and behavior within the peacekeeping profession. Mr. Hanson has compiled this atypical ethics program that provokes critical thinking and discussions at all levels of peacekeeping organizations. Mr. Hanson puts peacekeepers in the driver’s seat with his dynamic and charismatic delivery of this Ethical Heroes program.

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