Code of Ethics

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Code of Ethics
I aspire to be a corrections officer. I have been working toward my degree in criminal justice. Until recently, I had planned on a career on the investigative side of the criminal justice system. However, after I have completed this block of classes, I began taking a look at some other types of careers in the criminal justice system. Through this course, I have decided to narrow my path to that of a corrections officer. Before I begin learning the ethical standards and ethical code of a corrections officer, I need to know and understand my own personal code of ethics. I am an African-American mother of three working toward a degree in Criminal Justice. To develop my personal code of ethics, I have chosen to use the ethics of care framework after carefully reading the section in week two of this course that explained the differences between the major ethical systems. I am listing my personal code of ethics below.

As an American, a female, and a mother, the way I live my life is a reflection of my beliefs and is representative of the type of person I am.

I will love and protect my family; I will be honest, listen, and help my friends and family to the best of my ability; I will be a friend and be fair to those I encounter. I will not be prejudice or judgmental toward others who believe differently than I. I will evaluate a situation for what it is before I make an assumption or judgment. I will use the tools I have acquired through personal experience and education to process any situation in front of me. I will work toward being a good Christian and seek out goodness. I will live my life as an example for my family.

I will never harm another person; I will never steal from others. I will never intentionally set out to hurt someone even if they have hurt me through vindictive behavior. I will never stop believing that there is good in the world. I will never give up.

The code of ethics for a corrections officer is as follows:
As a Corrections Officer, my fundamental duty is to serve my community; to safeguard the lives and property within my jurisdiction; to protect against deception, oppression or intimidation; to prevent violence or disorder; and to respect and preserve the constitutional rights of all. I will keep my private life unsullied as an example to all; maintain courageous calm in the face of danger, scorn or ridicule; develop self-restraint; and be constantly mindful of the welfare of others. Honest in thought and deed in both my personal and official life, I will be exemplary in obeying the laws of the land and the regulations of my Office. Whatever I see or hear of a confidential nature or that is confided to me in my official capacity will be kept ever secret unless revelation is necessary in the performance of my duty. I will never act officiously nor permit personal feelings, prejudices, animosities, or friendships to influence my decisions. With no compromise for crime and with relentless dedication to duty, I will regulate those in my charge appropriately and with dignity, without fear or favor, malice or ill will, never employing unnecessary force or violence and never accepting a gratuity. My personal code of ethics is written specifically for me and how I view the world. My personal beliefs and morals are constant throughout my code. I begin my code by telling who I am. The code for corrections officer is similar in that respect. I begin my “I Will” statements with what is the most important thing to me, my family. The love and protection of my family is the most important thing in my life. In a similar fashion, the code of ethics for a corrections officer speaks of protecting the community but this is in the preamble not in the “I Will” section. The protection of others is a big deal to me and it is vital to the role of a corrections officer. Corrections officers not only protect those on the...
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