In The Club Sandwich, the young officer vows that he will uphold the ethics he learned from the academy. I feel that if he made this vow he should keep it, in the code of ethics it states” I recognize the badge of my office as a symbol of public faith, and I accept it as a public trust to be held so long as I am true to the ethics of the police service.” In witch also in Article 9 of Canons of police ethics it states “He shall guard against placing himself in a position which any person can reasonably assume that special consideration is being given. Thus, Her should be firm in reusing gifts, favors, or gratuities, large or small, that can, in the public mind, be interpreted as capable if influencing his/her judgment in the discharge of his/her duties.”
If I were this young officer I wouldn’t put myself that that type of predicament, and have the public lose their faith in the gold badge, as some do already.
In reading Article 9 I found that this code does apply to me and my job. When I first started with TSA we were told that accepting anything from anyone is a huge No, No. Even if the person can’t take it, just bought it, or hasn’t been opened. If I were to say “sure thank you very much,” or “ I could use this,” in any case the public can say “ Hey the last TSA accepted my things, and God knows that the last thing I want the public saying. If it means that I have to choose between a $50 bottle of perfume or my job, I choose my job hands down! Now how many people can say that now a days?