Ethical Dilemma Executive Summary

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Ethical Dilemma Executive Summary By: Cari Mayo Facilitator: Christopher McQuillin Student of University of Phoenix Week 5 Individual Assignment Final Project When an officer takes a job at any given law enforcement department he or she is faced with difficult decisions. These decisions may include the report of unethical behavior performed by other officers. Of course it is important to report any wrong doing the he or she witnesses; however there is always the fear of retaliation or chastised by fellow officers. According to Roberta Ann Johnson who wrote Whistleblowing and the police “loyalty is exacted with a code of honor that requires officers not to “snitch on,” “rat out,” or turn in other officers. A former police chief refers to it as a “veil of silence surrounding police agencies,” and it has been more commonly referred to as the “Blue Wall” (2005). In this paper the measures that should be taken if indeed this scenario presented itself, also the professional implications of reporting the unethical behavior. What the liability issues involved with not reporting the officer will be discussed, and what supervisory issues does this situation present to management and leadership will be discussed as well. Lastly why ethics are so important in the law enforcement profession will be discussed. When an officer is faced with this type of situation he or she is held to a higher standard ethically as well as morally. According to Gillmartin and Harris who authored the article Law Enforcement Ethics; The Continuum of Compromise “Officers live and work in a constantly changing and dynamically social context in which they are exposed to a myriad of ethical conflicts. When either unprepared or unaware, officers are more likely to "go with the flow" than they would be if they were adequately prepared to face potentially ethical risks”
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