Ethical Dilemma in Police, Prosecutors, and Correction Officials

Ethical Dilemma in Police, Prosecutors, and Correction Officials

EthicalDilemma in Police, Prosecutors, and Correction Officials


EthicalDilemma in Police, Prosecutors, and Correction Officials

Policeand the prosecutors are often subjected to the corruption that is adistinct problem that is causing ethical dilemma among the copsworking in all police departments. Additionally, most of the policeofficers, correction officials, and prosecutors face a lot ofrefusals and denials to accept that they are faced with ethicaldilemmas that compromise their ethics for example the issue ofcorruption (Pollock,2013).For example, police administrators are prevented from engaging inunethical and corruption acts so as to develop a sense appreciationand understanding of the of the issues related to justice. However,it is evident that based on the unclear understanding, sufficientinformation, and justice practices and strategies, police, correctionofficials, and prosecutors who are working in an environment that isrisky are subjected to inappropriate behaviors that are unethical orcause ethical dilemmas. These behaviors destroy the police`s personaland professional lives because unethical behavior affects personalreputation and overall credibility of the organization involved(Pollock &amp Becker, 1995).

Consequently,this paper reviews the ethical dilemmas that face the police,prosecutors, and correction officials when serving individuals. Thisis because the issue of ethics is being taught in the police traininginstitutions where police commanders, internal affairs, attorneys,and internal affair play part in educating the recruited police, andcorrection officials are taught importance of ethics. However,despite the education and training given to police and prosecutorsduring training, the issue of the ethical dilemma is still a threatto many. The paper, therefore, firstly discusses the importantethical dilemmas faced by police, prosecutors, and correctionofficers. This is followed by an argument that is ethical based onwhether victimless crimes such as gambling, prostitution and use ofdrugs should be taken as criminal offenses. Thirdly, the paperdiscusses relativity of the morality. Lastly, this is followed by anexample of an ethical dilemma faced and how I solved it.

Importantethical dilemma in police, correction officials and prosecutors

Firstly,one of the ethical dilemma changing the police and prosecutors is toadapt to the changing and dynamic social context around them. This isbecause most of them are exposed to numerous ethical conflicts whenunaware and unprepared. Secondly, police, correction officers, andprosecutors are forced to go as per the flow that is potentiallysubjected to ethical risks. Consequently, they are left wonderingwhether to engage in mental preparation or not especially whencarrying out the official duties. Thirdly, it is an ethical dilemmato report illegal activity committed by a fellow officer working inthe same department. Ethically, it would be important to report anymisconduct committed by fellow workers however, reporting a fellowworker is taken as a betrayal of people yet, it is a career killer.Keeping quent as a police or correction officer may worsen thesituation thus causing an ethical dilemma. To resolve this, Istrongly feel that all misconduct should be reported to the rightauthority.

Anethical argument

Victimlesscrimes such as gambling, drug use, and prostitution should not betaken lightly because they kill morals and values set by the society.For these reasons, I strongly support that they should be taken ascriminal offenses. This is because legalizing activities such as drugand substance abuse subject the current generation to criminal actssuch as stealing, killing, or raping (Pollock,1998).However, issues such as prostitution can be legalized because sexworkers earn their daily bread through prostitution. However, it isagainst the society’s ethical considerations.

Ismorality relative?

Moralityis said to be relative and not absolute (Parkinsonet al., 2011).Morality is taken to be relative because based on the morals set bythe society, individuals make a choice on what to do and what not todo depending on the personal code of moral conduct. However, not allmoral values set by society is correct some morality is senselessand vague. Although we learned our morality from our parents,religious beliefs, political environment, and social groups not allvalues are correct. As a result, most of the people are believe thatthey have sufficient and clear knowledge about morality withoutanalyzing the subjects this call for the cultural preference tooutweigh the issues of universal morality (Harsanyi,2006).For example, countries that kill women after committing adultery,homosexuals, exercise force marriage, and encourage polygamy shouldbe intervened by the culture. The cultural practices have a right toface these beliefs because they contradict with the ethical values.

Exampleof an ethical dilemma

Iwas getting out of a hotel one night during my night shift for abreak. I was shocked to notice one of my fellow workmate who wasoff-duty completely intoxicated and trying to drive his car. I asked,“Friend let me know that you are not driving.” He repliedabruptly, &quotyes I am driving.&quot Driving when the drunk isillegal but this was my workmate and a good friend. How can I reporthis to the authority? However, to solve this dilemma I approachedthis guy and warned him not to repeat this behavior again.Additionally, I held the guy until when he was sober to drive again.This help to not create conflict between the two of us.

Ethicalissues in Florida Laws

Basedon what I have learned in class, ethics includes defending,systematizing, and giving a recommendation on the moral concepts ofwhat is wrong and right. As a result, there are ethical issues thatinfluence the laws such as the Florida stand your ground law. Thislaw was enacted to remove the duties to treat before applying forcewhen defending one’s self (Antonaccio&amp Tittle, 2008).The first law was passed on 2005 in Florida. The law allows people inFlorida to stand their grounds rather than retreating this help inreducing the number of deaths or massive injuries. However, this lawmight not be applicable to issues such as racial profiling. This isbecause this is an ethical issue that does not allow killing orgiving up in a battlefield. On the other hand, it may be difficult tomake a stand and retreat, especially when handling a massive group ofenemies.


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