Imagine that you were hired as the police chief for the Small Town police department. Small Town is a community of about 2,000 citizens in a rural area. Your police department consists of 20 sworn officers and 10 civilian support personnel.
Talking to the citizens and assessing the citizen complaints and internal affairs files, you discover several ethical violations.
- While on duty, police officers attend to personal business such as shopping and dropping and picking up kids from school, resulting in longer response times to 911 calls.
- During lunchtime, patrol vehicles are parked at the same restaurant because the owner provides free lunches to police.
- An anonymous caller reported that Officer Frank racially profiles all minorities driving on Main Street on Friday nights. He stops only vehicles driven by Hispanics and African Americans, and then searches their vehicles without probable cause.
- Officers can work additional security details at the local high school football games. You examine the shift schedule and notice that Officers Hall and Jones signed up and are being paid for the detail at the high school football game, while also being paid for their regular patrol shift, thus double dipping on pay.
- You learn that the two narcotics officers are taking bribes from the local drug dealer to avoid patrolling the area when the drug deals are being made.
Using your critical thinking and knowledge from this course, you present solutions to solve these problems and to transform the agency into an ethical law enforcement agency.
The assignment is three-fold:
- PowerPoint Presentation
- Create a Code of Ethics for all employees, sworn officers, and civilian personnel. Be sure to use the knowledge from the course, including all aspects of the acceptable ethical behavior of law enforcement officers. Consider the ethics system and ethical theories that you discussed in Week 1.
- Create a short video that introduces your code of ethics. The video should be about 3 minutes in length and contain the key concepts of your code of ethics. You may use technology to create and upload your video.
- Action Plan
- Design a 10 to 12-page action plan to implement the Code of Ethics. These elements are required for the action plan for the code of ethics:
- Ensure all personnel is aware of the Code of Ethics and the consequences of violations.
- Incorporate enforcement methods for violations of the Code of Ethics.
- Create a breach of violation of the code of ethics letter. Choose one of the unethical behaviors listed in the scenario as an example.
- Improve ethics training provided to the officers. Provide two options for ethics training, and then explain why you chose that type of training.
- Generate an assessment to measure the officer’s ethical behavior in the future.
Length: 10-12 pages
References: Include a minimum of five scholarly resources.
There will be various occasions when the authorities’ ethics will be attempted, and it
depends upon the authorities not to let their own ethics to get slight all through their
employment. Various authorities become caught in conditions in which they should make moral
decisions to make and it again depends upon the ethics of that official whether the individual is
making the right decision or not (Brandl et al., 2002). Also, this choice assumes an indispensable
job and severe affect both of his work and private life.
The part of police in a free society is the assurance of protected ensures, support of public
request, anticipation and concealment of wrongdoing, and obedient reaction to the requirements
of the network (Johnson, 2015).
Cops are responsible to the network for their choices. A high level of police work is done
because of resident objections, featuring the way that individuals from the general population are
a fundamental aspect of the criminal equity framework (Llyod et al., 2006). The achievement of
the criminal equity framework relies more upon resident interest than on some other single
factor. Public trust in the criminal equity framework depends to a huge degree on the trust that
individuals have in their police.
The residents rely on the police to accomplish and keep everything under control. We
draw our power from the will and assent of the residents whom we serve. Our endeavors are
established on the standards of administration and extreme obligation to people in general.
The objectives and needs which the Department builds up are resolved to a huge degree
by network wants. These wants are sent by the network and the administering body of the city.
The Department scrupulously endeavors to be receptive to these wants.
Code of Ethics and Conduct
All sworn cops must keep the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics and the Police Code of
Conduct as distributed by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (Singhapakdi et
Police Moral Code
Law enforcement personal basic responsibility is to aid humankind; to shield lives and
property; to ensure the perfect against shrewdness, the feeble against abuse or undermining, and
the quiet against savagery or tangle; and to regard their rights provided to them, considering to
circumstance and worth (Brandtl et al., 2002).
I will keep my shrouded life perfect as a representation to all, keep up striking calm
despite danger, scorn, or analysis; make tolerance; and be persistently mindful of the
administration help of others (Brandtl et al., 2002). Genuine in thought and deed in both my own
and authority life, I will be outstanding in consenting to the principles that everyone must keep
and the guidelines of my Department. Whatever I see or consider a masterminded nature or that
is trusted to me in my official cutoff will be kept ever mystery beside if the introduction is
fundamental in the introduction of my responsibility.
I will never act audaciously or award singular estimations, predispositions, hostilities, or
friendships to affect my decisions (Brandtl et al., 2002). With no tradeoff for bad behavior and
with resolute arraignment of punks, I will approve the law consciously and appropriately without
fear or favor, harm, or aggression, neglecting to utilize futile force or fierceness and never
I see the identification of my office as a picture of public certainty, and I recognize it as a
public trust to be held since I am predictable with the ethics of police organization. I will
constantly try to achieve those objectives and convictions, submitting myself before God to my
picked calling law approval (Brandtl et al., 2002).
Police Code of Conduct
All cops must be totally aware of the ethical obligations of their position and should try
constantly to fulfill the most critical expected standards of master policing. The International
Association of Chiefs of Police trusts it significant that cops have clear exhortation and insight
accessible to help them in playing out their obligations reliable with these principles, and has
received the accompanying moral orders as rules to meet these closures (Johnson, 2015).
A cop goes about as an official agent of government who is required and trusted to work
inside the law. The official’s powers and commitments are introduced by goal. The basic
commitments of a cop consolidate serving the organization, guarding lives and property, making
sure about the legit, keeping the congruity and ensuring the benefits of all to opportunity,
equalization, and value (Johnson, 2015).
Implementation of the Responsibilities
A cop will play out all obligations unbiasedly, without favor or love or hostility and
regardless of status, sex, race, religion, political conviction, or goal. All residents will be dealt
with similarly with politeness, thought and nobility.
Officials will never permit individual emotions, hatreds, or fellowships to impact official
direct (Singhapakdi et al., 1995). Laws will be upheld suitably and obligingly and, in doing their
obligations, officials will endeavor to acquire most extreme collaboration from general society.
They will behave in appearance and deportment in such a way as to move certainty and regard
for the situation of public trust they hold.
A cop will utilize dependably the circumspection vested in his position and exercise it
inside the law. The guideline of sensibility will manage the official’s judgments, and the official
will consider all encompassing conditions in deciding if any lawful move will be made (Johnson,
The predictable and shrewd utilization of carefulness, in view of expert policing skill,
will do a lot to safeguard great connections and hold the certainty of the general population.
There can be trouble in picking between clashing blueprints. Remember that a convenient
expression of guidance as opposed to capture which might be right in suitable conditions can be
a more powerful methods for accomplishing the ideal end.
Use of Force
A cop will never use pointless force or violence and will simply use such force in the
arrival of commitment as is reasonable in all conditions. The use of intensity should be used
remarkably with the best limitation and essentially after discussion, trade, and impact have been
found to not be right or inadequate (Llyod et al., 2006). While the usage of intensity is rarely
unavoidable, each cop will stop pointless revile of torture or suffering and will never participate
in brutal, spoiling, or coldblooded therapy of any person.
Whatever a cop sees, hears, or finds that is of a private sort will be remained calm aside
from if the presentation of commitment or authentic game plan requires something different
(Llyod et al., 2006). People from individuals as a rule hold a benefit to security and assurance,
and information gained about them must not be improperly uncovered.
A cop will not take part in demonstrations of defilement or pay off, nor will an official
support such acts by other cops. The public requests that the uprightness of cops be
unquestionably sound. Cops must, accordingly, evade any direct that may bargain the uprightness
and along these lines undercut the public trust in a law requirement organization (Llyod et al.,
2006). Officials will not acknowledge any blessings, presents, memberships, favors, tips, or
guarantees that could be deciphered as looking to make the official forgo performing official
duties genuinely and inside the law (Johnson, 2015). Cops must not get private or exceptional bit
of leeway from their official status. Regard from people in general cannot be gotten; it must be
earned and developed.
Cops will support all legally endorsed workplaces and their representatives in the mission
for value. An authority or office may be one among various affiliations that may give law
necessity organizations to an area. It is essential that a cop help accomplice totally and absolutely
with regard and thought reliably.
Personal and Professional Capabilities
Cops will be answerable for their own norm of expert execution and will accept each
sensible open door to upgrade and improve their degree of information and capability. Through
examination and experience, a cop can gain a significant level of information and ability that is
basic for the productive and viable execution of obligation. The procurement of information is a
ceaseless cycle of individual and expert improvement that ought to be sought after continually.
Cops will carry on in a way that does not carry ruin to their offices or themselves. A cop’s
character and lead while off the clock should consistently be commendable, accordingly keeping
up a place of regard in the network in which the individual lives and serves. The official’s very
own conduct must be blameless.
Code of Ethics for Civilian Personnel
I will keep my shrouded life perfect as a representation to all; make tolerance and be
ceaselessly mindful of the administration help of others. Certified in thought and deed in near
and dear and authority life, I will be model in consenting to the principles that everybody must
follow and the rules of the Department. Whatever I see or think about a private nature or that is
confided in me in my official breaking point will be kept ever puzzle aside from if divulgence is
central for the presentation of my commitment.
Introducing the Code of Ethics
Brandl and Maguire (2002) prescribe dispatching and conveying the code to all partners
by sending it legitimately to all representatives, investors, providers, and clients. Subsequently,
the code of morals will be sent straightforwardly to every one of its workers, all the
representatives of the parent organization who are vigorously associated with the office, and
every one of its providers.
Brandl and Maguire (2002) suggest actualizing the code by consolidating it into the
preparation of new representatives and the expert improvement workshops for the organization’s
administration. They likewise suggest including moral classifications into the presentation
assessment, everything being equal, and, obviously, that the organization’s chiefs set instances of
moral conduct, mirroring the organization’s code of morals, for all different workers of the
organization. Subsequently, the code of morals will be consolidated into the preparation of its
new representatives and the expert advancement workshops for its administration. Moreover,
moral classes, from the code, will be consolidated into the presentation assessment, all things
considered. At long last, the pioneers will be entrusted with continually endeavoring to set
instances of moral conduct, mirroring the organization’s code of morals, for every single other
It is likewise imperative to take note of that, as per Brandl and Maguire (2002), more
viable moral preparing programs are those that give instances of moral issues that the workers
may really need to manage as a component of their particular positions. As it were, the data
introduced in moral preparing is bound to be perceived and used on the off chance that it is
explicit to the activity being performed. Subsequently, a vocation explicit, morals preparing
project will be created for the workers of, the Human Resources division.
Enforcing the Code
To start with, and chief, the Code of Conduct requires all representatives to report any
moral infringement that they witness. What is more, all administrators/supervisors reached about
moral infringement should instantly survey all reports of unlawful or deceptive lead. At last,
there is a zero-capacity to bear dangers or demonstrations of counter against representatives who
report moral infringement.
Likewise, Lloyd and de las Casas (2006) recommend that single direction to help
authorize a code of morals is to have a conventional grumbling methodology for the association’s
outer partners who have proof that the association is abusing its own code of morals. Thusly,
such a protest system will be set up at the division, with its key partners, to be specific its parent
organization and its providers, being educated regarding its subtleties and urged to utilize it.
What is more, Lloyd and de las Casas (2006) propose upholding moral consistence
through the appraisal by an autonomous gathering. To this end, at any rate one morals official
nine from the parent organization will be forever installed in code as an onlooker of the entirety
of its significant capacities and exercises and will be entrusted with revealing all watched moral
infringement back to the parent organization.
At long last, propose that moral requirement components are successful just when they
are upheld by sanctions (Lloyd et al., 2006). To this end, fitting disciplines will be created for
every infringement of the code of morals and will be heartlessly completed in all cases.
Assessing the Code of Ethics
Brandl and Maguire (2002) suggest assessing a code of morals utilizing a core interest
gathering, comprising of individuals from a cross-part of the association, both outside and inner.
Subsequently, the code of morals will be occasionally assessed for viability (and overhauled as
vital) utilizing a center gathering, which will comprise of a cross-part of workers, the network,
and the partners.
Securing Execution Success
Muel (2008) depicts seven requirements, the entirety of which, as indicated by him, must
be available in the association, if its code of morals is to be agreed to. His first condition is that
the organization’s code of morals must be obviously perceived by its chiefs and workers. While
his subsequent condition is that the organization’s chiefs must set a genuine model, of following
the code of morals, for every other worker.
Muel’s (2008) third requirement is that all the organization’s workers must be focused on
the association, its central goal, and targets. They should likewise relate to the association’s code
of morals and be focused on their work. The fourth requirement is pointed toward bringing up
that ridiculous presentation targets or absence of adequate methods for dependably doing
errands, frequently lead to the infringement of the code.
According to Muel’s the fifth requirement is that all infringement of the organization’s
code must be effectively noticeable (2008). At the end of the day, the conduct of the
representatives must be straightforward. While his sixth requirement is that all parts of the code
should consistently stay an effectively discussable theme; in order to evade the danger of
clashing translations of the code, make it simpler for everybody to share any moral issues, and
guarantee that violators of the code are rapidly and straightforwardly tested (Muel, 2008). At
long last, Muel’s (2008) seventh requirement is that the code must be authorized. It ought to be
clear, from a prior conversation under the rubric Authorizing the Code, that this condition will
obviously be met.
Code of Ethics Letter
Dear Officer Frank,
The department received an anonymous call reporting that you racially profile all
minorities driving Main Street on Friday nights. The caller stated that you only stop vehicles
driven by Hispanics and African Americans, and then search their vehicles without probable
This letter has been written regarding the events of racial profiling and searching vehicles
without probable cause on Main Street. These actions are in direct violation of our Departments
Code of Ethics. These violations are taken seriously as you break the trust within the community
that you serve.
In view of your activities, you are getting a composed admonition. On the off chance that
you are found to indeed be infringing upon the Departments Code of Ethics you will confront
extra disciplinary activity.
I have connected the Code of Ethics for your audit. You will likewise experience the
instructional class on morals. On the off chance that you have any inquiries regarding the
substance of this letter or the Code of Ethics, it would be ideal if you reach me.
Sincerely, Jacqueline Morris
The department will provide two forms of ethic training: online courses and required
classroom training. These two forms of training were chosen as the classroom training will be
lecture, group activities and testing. This will allow everyone to discuss in a professional manner
the code of ethics. It allows for interaction between you and your co-workers.
The online training will allow everyone to sign on and complete the activities on their
own time. It also allows the individual the ability to make notes and print out the material that
they feel are important to them.
In closing, an inability to satisfy elevated requirements can harm your notoriety, lead to
long examinations, and could include conceivable indictment. A decent notoriety is a key aspect
of an organization’s business achievement. In a downturn, the danger of untrustworthy and
conceivably illicit lead increments. A code of moral business direct is the initial move towards
dealing with that hazard, yet the basic test is to insert moral qualities inside your organization’s
way of life.
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