Ethical Issues In Law Enforcement

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Ethics in Police Enforcements Police offices are official representatives of government who are required and trusted to work within the law. The fundamental duties of an officer include serving the community; safeguarding lives and property; protecting the innocent; keeping the peace; and ensuring the rights of all to liberty, equality, and justice. A police officer shall perform all duties impartially, without favor or affection or ill will and without regard to status, sex, race, religion, political belief or aspiration. All citizens will be treated equally with courtesy, consideration and dignity. Officers should never allow personal feelings, animosities or friendships influence official conduct, which should allow laws to be enforced appropriately while carrying out their responsibilities. Even though police officers are held to a different standard there are still ethical issues within law enforcement, in order to instill good morals and ethical values into the force, training is required for all police officers to complete upon entering the police department. Ethics are a code of values which guide our choices and actions and determine the purpose and course of our lives,…show more content…
The Oath of Honor sets ethical standards to enhance integrity within a department. Every officer must be able to recite the Oath; “On my honor, I will never betray my badge, my integrity, my character, or the public trust. I will always have the courage to hold myself and others accountable for our actions. I will always uphold the constitution, my community, and the agency I serve” ( The International Associations of Chiefs of Police believe that the oath will confirms integrity within the agency is not only good, but provides society with a vision that police officers will always step forward to stop unethical acts by any members of the
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