Police Ethics

Topics: Police, Psychology, Philosophy of life Pages: 2 (264 words) Published: July 28, 2013
Sergio costa

Prof. Francis Garvin

CNJ: 101

Ethics in Law Enforcement

Three years ago, as I was applying for a position with the Somerville auxiliary police

department, in my interview I was asked to discuss the importance of ethics in the daily

work of a police officer.

Ethics are important not only for a police officer, but, indeed, also for every citizen in

the course of everyday life. They are a mark of character and basic morality in our

dealings with others.

Today many people claim to be struck by occasional lapses in proper police conduct. It

is human nature to remember the uncommon exception and to forget the general rule.

How many citizens are only too willing to point to a police officer’s rare mistake in

judgment and overlook his or her excellent, conscientious and selfless performance of

duty! We are all human. Police officers are no exception. But because of the serious

nature of their profession they are expected to act in a more then human manner.
In my opinion, when police officers fail to conduct themselves ethically they lose the

trust of the community that they are sworn to serve and protect.

Ethics are learned at home, at school, at church. We learn them as children and carry them into our adult life. Police officers, with their very special obligations, must carry

them into their professional life as well. I have learned in my tree years as an auxiliary

police officer that, by far the majority of my fellow officers have always done so.

I will do so as well.
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