Slippery Slope Analysis

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Ethics in The Field of Criminal Justice Sara Markowski March 27, 2013 CJ340 In a police organization, the slippery slope, unfortunately, rears its ugly head where gratuities are concerned. Society is very appreciative of the job the police officers do in order to make our society safe. Human nature wants us to show that appreciation in various ways to officers who go out of their way to make our lives better. Society encourages corruption by consistently offering gratuities to police officers. This is called society at large hypothesis. If a police officer chooses to accept a gratuity he is corrupt not matter what the gratuity is.(Police Quarterly, 2004)Whether society bestows money, or a gift, or a free service, ethically,…show more content…
When this happens, could this be construed as extortion? The more frequently an officer rationalizes deviant behavior, the easier each subsequent instance of misconduct becomes. This is because the more frequently officers employ rationalizations; the easier it becomes to activate similar thought patterns in the future. (Police Chief, 2013) Another example of slippery slope would be if an officer offered his security services to a friend who had a night club on the nights that the officer had off, and then in return the friend would allow the officer to invite friend in for free with no cover and free drinks. As time went on the officer started to give his security services less, and party more while in the club but still wanted all friends to be allowed in free of cover and free of charge. Officers modifying how they think about their actions and the consequences of those behaviors—or by adjusting their activities, attitudes, or beliefs in ways that are consistent with their values and self-image. Generally speaking, an officer will modify the cognition that is least resistant to change, which, in most cases, tends to be the officer’s attitudes, not behaviors. (Police Chief,…show more content…
It proposes that corruption is the result of poor selection practices that fail to screen out applicants who are unsuitable for public service. (Police Quarterly, 2004) A new officer has high ambitions but little exposure to reality as far as the police world is concerned. He/She is shown a world that exposes the worst of people, and is trained/influenced by senior officers who have lost faith in police work. The new officer must establish some mutual trust and reliance with the senior officers that could possibly be corrupt. If the senior officer is corrupt the likelihood of sanction is negligible, then the young officer will accept the status quo and become corrupt. Finally, the slippery slope perspective proposes that the acceptance of minor gratuities begins a process wherein the recipient’s integrity is gradually subverted and eventually leads to more serious unethical conduct. Sherman (1985) observed that novice police officers quickly recognize the importance of the social bonds between members of the department. Some young officers may initially rationalize that the acceptance of minor gratuities (e.g., free coffee or half-priced meals) is necessary for acceptance

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