The Blue Wall of Silence and Police Ethical Culture
CRMJ 308 Ethics in Criminal Justice
March 20, 2012
Arguably, every institution in the world possesses its distinctive and personal organizational culture. Police agency also has a culture in the world which seems to be universal. Police in most cities unite in defending the wrong doers among them, this act and culture is inhumane and totally unacceptable. The Blue Shield Wall of Silence is a rule that is unwritten among officers. The rule advocates defending their colleagues when they do an error, misbehave or commit a crime. In fact, scholars assert that this is one of the highest forms of peer pressure among law enforcing agents. The names associated with the Blue Code of Silence include Veil, Cocoon, curtain, as well as the blue shield. Due to rules, the ethics and culture of police has been questioned. Police culture refers to professionalism in fighting crime and the impartial image. In most cases, it describes the behavior and beliefs in the police department.
Undeniably, the Blue Wall of Silence has led to police perjury and inhumane form of brutality on the public, yet the police continue to facilitate as well as protect these behaviors. Scholars in the law suppose that the Blue Wall of Silence certainly symbolizes unethical and vicious form of loyalty amid of police officers (Crank & Caldero, 2010). In the real sense, everyone in the world will always be in a position to defend his/her colleague, regardless of the crime committed. The police too are not exceptional; but under no circumstance, can the act be ethical, justified, or human. The existence of this code began during the torture of an immigrant from Haiti while in guardianship at Brooklyn district. In the real sense, Skolnick Jerome was the first person to build the Blue Wall of Silence. In the year 2000, Jerome reported the Haitian...