Unit 6: Scenario
July 18, 2015
Kaplan -CJ345 Supervisory Practices in Criminal Justice
Professor: James Washburn
Unit 6: Scenario
Scenario 1: Bad Behavior?
In this scenario Sergeant Officer Stevens is the sergeant on the evening shift and he reported to me the shift lieutenant that two male officers were telling sexually explicit jokes in the hallway with a female dispatcher standing only a few feet away. The sergeant ignored the situation and came and told me about it instead. The sergeant in this scenario should have responded to the officers in the hallway. He should have never let them finish the joke. Telling these kinds of jokes at work are against the policy and very unprofessional. If the female dispatcher happened to hear the joke and it was about women and sex in any way, it would be considered sexual harassment. Officer Sergeant Stevens should have taken care of this, instead of telling me about it, his actions did not maintain good order. Leaders like Officer Sergeant Stevens should be looking for these kinds of issues and taking care of them immediately, not pushing them off to someone else. If the problem is pushed aside and complaints or concerns are mishandled, it looks bad on the whole department, not just one or two people. It is the Sergeant or leaders responsibility to make sure that the policies about sexual harassment are followed and that every measure has been taken to make sure that this type of issue has been prevented and that the other subordinates have training on the subject and that they know there is a zero tolerance for this kind of misconduct (International Association, 2011). Sergeant Stevens should have had some sort of training on sexual harassment before becoming a sergeant, so he should have known that both the state and federal laws protect employees from sexual harassment at work. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), states that sexual harassment is a type of discrimination. There are two types of sexual harassment, they include; quid pro quo, which is where a supervisor demands that employees have to tolerate sexual harassment to keep their jobs. Hostile work environment is when the misconduct is unwelcome, based on sex or the working environment becomes abusive or offensive (Reuters, 2015). I believe that sexually explicit jokes is more of a hostile work environment, because no one wants to hear sex jokes at work, which makes it unwelcome. Sergeant Stevens should have tried to stop the misconduct along with more required training on Sexual Harassment for the subordinates. If they do not have this policy replayed and replayed in their brains they may not understand how important it really is (More & Miller, 2014). By Sergeant Stevens pushing the incident onto me, tells me that he must let this type of thing happen all the time and that he condones it. If there was not a female dispatcher in the men’s presence, I am sure nothing would have been said. According to More & Miller, (2014) it is the responsibility of the supervisors to report and deal with any complaint or concern about sexual harassment. An investigation should be taken place, so that the supervisor where this misconduct has started and who was involved. The supervisor should have also gone over the policy’s disciplinary action that goes along with sexual harassment (p. 402). To ensure good order in the department, Officer Sergeant Stevens has the “responsibility to reinforce the department’s anti-harassment training and behavior modification efforts by actively counseling subordinates on the topic of sexual harassment in the workplace (More & Miller, 2014, p. 402). I believe that this is not the first time that this has happened, but I think that Sergeant Stevens should have made an example out of the two men and used the zero tolerance policy that is in place. I think that this has gone on long enough and if one supervisor turns their head, there are others that do the...
References: International Association of Chiefs of Police. (2011, June). Addressing Sexual Offenses and Misconduct by Law Enforcement. Retrieved from http://www.theiacp.org/Portals/0/pdfs/AddressingSexualOffensesandMisconductbyLawEnforcementExecutiveGuide.pdf
Reuters, T. (2015). Sexual Harassment at Work. Retrieved from http://employment.findlaw.com/employment-discrimination/sexual-harassment-at-work.html
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