Final Project: Personal Code of Ethics
Juvenile Probation Officers and Parole Agents require much patience as well as the ability to follow certain orderly conduct. Officers are given a group of individuals to monitor on a daily basis that are also known as caseloads. Each caseload is different for every officer. The juvenile(s) involved have unique behavioral patterns and backgrounds that construct the outcome of how each case may proceed. Therefore, it is required that all officers follow the code of ethics as a guide to an easier handling of your caseload as well as the everyday production of your job requirements. I am currently an employee of the City of Philadelphia courts as a Court Representative. I am in the courtroom daily and I witness many court hearings that come before the judge. As an employee of the court, I am required to follow rules of conduct and ethical codes. Because each case is sensitive, we are required to be discreet with all information that is discussed in the courtroom. We are not to disclose any information in regards to the caseload or the members of a case to anyone that is not authorized. Those that may be authorized are attorneys and case managers or an actual party of the case. An act such as this would be an invasion of personal privacy and I would not be operating in proper conduct as an employee. In addition to the ethical code that is documented in our employee handbooks for us to follow, I have gathered my own personal codes to abide as well. I also used common sense and collaborated my own way in operating the best way possible within my position. The ethical codes that were addressed for Probation Officers and Parole Agents were generated for individuals to follow based on one of two ethical systems. These systems are the deontological and teleological. A deontological ethical system is one that is concerned solely with the inherent nature of the act being judged (Pollock, 2004). Teleological system judges the consequences of an act (Pollock, 2004). Either way the code is followed, the outcome of an individual’s action should be a positive one. Using the verbiage from the Federal Probation Officer's Code of Ethics (cited from: http://www.intech.mnsu.edu/davisj/fpoa_ethics.htm), we find that: Federal Probation Officers Association Code of Ethics
• As a Federal Probation Officer, I am dedicated to rendering professional service to the courts, the parole authorities, and the community at large in effecting the social adjustment of the offender. • I will conduct my personal life with decorum, will neither accept nor grant favors in connection with my office, and will put loyalty to moral principles above personal consideration. • I will uphold the law with dignity and with complete awareness of the prestige and stature of the judicial system of which I am a part. I will be ever cognizant of my responsibility to the community which I serve. • I will strive to be objective in the performance of my duties; respect the inalienable rights of all persons; appreciate the inherent worth of the individual; and uphold inviolate those confidences which can be reposed in me. • I will cooperate with my fellow workers and related agencies and will continually attempt to improve my professional standards through seeking knowledge and understanding. • I recognize my office as a symbol of public faith and I accept it as a public trust to be held as long as I am true to the ethics of the Federal Probation Service. I will constantly strive to achieve these objectives and ideals, dedicating myself to my chosen profession. Utilizing a personal code of ethics and is what drives daily decisions and actions. In the workplace, I believe in addressing every situation with honesty and integrity - if you do the right thing, the rest will work itself out. I believe in open reporting on all situations as well as full disclosure of the issues that arise in the office...
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