Relation Between Criminologists and Criminals
The question of whether it is ethical for criminologists to hang out with criminals as they commit crimes as they undertake their research studies is best justified by their objectives. Criminologists are primarily focused in the structure and subculture of the criminals, their lifestyle and social background, and the reasons why they get involved in crimes. Essentially, criminologists study criminal behaviors, various types and causes of crimes and the cultural reactions to these acts of crime. They are responsible for the measuring, preventing and controlling of crime through their research studies, they gather data about criminals and the criminal acts, analyze the data and present results which provide solutions on how to control and prevent crime. In order to effectively perform these responsibilities, they undertake their study by interacting with criminals on a one on one basis; this is because they have to focus their studies on reliable data. Therefore, as much as they interact with the criminal gangs or individuals as they undertake their research, it well and out rightly ethical as they act to the best interests of the community or society.
Moreover, criminologists have an obligation of reporting as their work involves providing solutions and preventing crimes. Criminologists normally work for police, local, state or federal law enforcement agencies, although some individuals undertake their research for private persons. As they undertake their studies they normally engage with criminals perpetrating various crimes. This gives them an great opportunity to end crime by reporting these crimes to the relevant law enforcement agencies. It is therefore an obligation to report criminal activities.