July 18, 2012
Ethics and Professional Code of Conduct
It has been said with great power comes great responsibility. When becoming a police officer many responsibilities are laid upon the person but on the other hand many authorities are granted to him or her as well. Imagine a police officer starts abusing his powers; for example, beating the suspect or shooting an unarmed suspect. In our country we have lots of rules and regulation in regards to when and how an officer is allowed to use force and to what extent he can use his power however, there is something else that is called ethics, integrity and morality which I am going to touch on these topics in this essay. Three reasons that ethics and integrity are important to a police chief. First, Being a chief of the police gives the individual great powers; the sort of power that for example drug dealers may contact him and try to bribe him to close his eyes at certain location in the city for few hours so they can do whatever they need to do. Here in the above example comes integrity of that policeman. In another scenario imagine the chief is interrogating and uncooperative suspect who does not want to give up vital information, should the police man start torturing the guy for information? The answer is no and here is when the ethics come in play. Second, being the chief of the police, one should demonstrate an exceptional example to his or her fellow offices just like a role model a model that others would look upon and try to learn from. Imagine the chief himself is corrupted, what we should expect from others who are learning from him, so it is not wrong to say that ethics and integrity on the job is one of the factors that the chief of police must have. Third, great level of ethics and integrity is what leads to better leadership of a group. In the article Ethics Training...