Ethical Dilemmas Scenarios

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Lieutenant A will represent the newly promoted narcotics detective assigned to the precinct with the widespread drug problem. Sergeant B will represent the partner of Lieutenant A, Captain C will represent the squad commander, and Major D will represent the precinct commander. In the scenario provided, Lieutenant A attended his first briefing along with Sergeant B. Squad Commander C informed his subordinates that the tactics that they are using have proven to be effective and as a result the street crimes and homicides rates are down. After the briefing was over Lieutenant A asked Sergeant B to clarify what tactics the unit used since Captain C did not go into details. Sergeant B informs Lieutenant A that the unit sometimes plant evidence …show more content…
34). Police occupational deviance includes corruption, mistreatment of persons in custody, unlawful use of force, discrimination, planting of evidence, illegal search and seizure, and other forms of misconduct that are executed under the color of police authority (Miller & More, 2011). The Internal Affairs Division is responsible for investigating police corruption or misconduct within the agency (Delattre, 2011). The noble cause corruption is when an officer detours from the rules or “cut corners” to obtain the “right” result (Delattre, 2011). Although the use of force is a requisite part of a police officer’s job, it must be reasonable and appropriate. If a supervisor does not impose disciplinary action against any corrupt activity that is occurring within the department, corruption and police misconduct will increase (Miller & More, 2011). Managerial secrecy influences police corruption because the officers know that the supervisor is not going to discipline or investigate them for their inappropriate dealings or behavior (Miller & More, …show more content…
The community trust police officers and have complete confidence in their ethical behavior and integrity that they will protect and serve (Delattre, 2011). Corrupt police officers seek comfort by accusing “the system” for their own deviance or misconduct. Some police officers actually believe that planting evidence and using force to obtain confessions or information are necessary as long as criminals are taken off the streets, but this type of behavior by law enforcement officials is inexcusable and against the law (Delattre, 2011). Persons who serve the public must be held to a higher standard of integrity, morals, honesty, loyalty, and care for the well-being of the public (Delattre,

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