Role Models an Ethical Decision Making
Professional Ethics and Legal Liabilities
When taking on a career where you are considered a public servant you also take on the responsibility of being held to a higher standard. I think that it is fair that a law enforcement officer is held to a higher standard than the other citizens. In public servant jobs you always have to be on your toes. I do think that police officers should be allowed to go to the bars and drink. But that comes back to the responsibility issue, you are held to a higher standard in the public eye, so yes it will make you look bad it you go to the bar and get drunk. People have that image in their heads of you in a uniform 24/7 so even if they see you out they associate you with the public servant view. So with that image of you at a bar, they are going to think hypocritical about you. Are police officers ever off duty? Technically, you are “off duty” when you punch in your time clock. But no, you are never truly “off duty”. For example, if I know you are a law enforcement officer and we are at the mall and a fight breaks out and shots are fired, I’m expecting you to handle the situation because you are trained to do so. You still have your eye out for danger even when you are off duty. You can step in and defuse situations even when you are off duty. You can save a life while “off duty” and assist the situation until an officer gets there. There are so many scenarios that I can mention. But no, there are so many things that you can do to protect the community off duty. When reading the scenario about, “you are a police officer assigned to a Crash Reduction Unit”, your job is to issue citations for traffic violations in order to reduce the number of vehicle accidents. Today, you have been specifically assigned to monitor traffic at a busy intersection, which is controlled by a red light. This particular intersection is notorious for wrecks, some of which have been fatal. During your shift, the following list of people runs the red light: Using your discretion, determine who gets a ticket and who gets a verbal warning?” The list was: the mayor, your mom, your spouse, your best friend, a pregnant woman on her way to the hospital, and a 22 year old man. The city’s mayor would get a ticket. Just because he is the mayor does not exclude him from abiding by the law. In fact, he should be setting an example for the city. I would also give him a ticket just because he is my boss. It would reassure him of the fact that I am out there doing my job in protecting the community. His title for the city has nothing to do about him not abiding by the law. I don’t think I would give my mom a ticket. I would have to sit her down and talk to her. Let her know that it is not acceptable for her to do that. It is the same for me, as I would deal with my husband. I can’t live without my mom guiding me through my stages of life. But, I also know that she would have to have a legitimate excuse for running the red light because that is not like her at all. I would make my dad and her sit down so that I can explain to her about what she did. But I would give her a verbal warning. My husband, this one is a tough question. On one hand, I would say that I would give him a ticket. Just because I care about his safety and I don’t want him to get hurt or hurt someone else. I need him to learn a lesson. He has a family to take care of; he needs to realize that life is precious and that running a red light isn’t worth losing your life, or taking someone else’s. I heard the saying once, “I would rather sit 2 minutes at a red light, than sit for the rest of my life paralyzed.” After I heard that, I now slam on my breaks on yellow. On the other hand, I wouldn’t want to give him a ticket because we are a family and that money comes out of my account as well. Also, being a police officer I could just talk to him at home and save the...
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