Police Conduct And Code Of Ethics Essay

1110 Words Dec 13th, 2015 null Page
Many police departments across the country have developed policies for police conduct and a code of ethics. Police officers must continually refresh their responsibilities to the community they serve and the ethical code they must uphold. As stated in Albanese (2012), “as a Law Enforcement Officer, my fundamental duty is to serve mankind; to safeguard lives and property to protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation” and “I recognize the badge of my office as a symbol of public faith, and I accept it as a public trust to be held as long as I am true to the ethics of the police service” (pg. 145). After reviewing these two quotes, it is evident that former Kansas City, Kansas Police Department (KCKPD) Selective Crime Reduction Enforcement Unit (SCORE Unit) officers Jeffery Bell, Darryl Forrest and Dustin Sillings failed to uphold their ethical responsibility afforded to them (The United States v. Bell, Forrest, and Sillings, 2011). The SCORE Unit officers identified in this case study demonstrated unethical behaviors of corruption by failing to protect the rights of citizens (Grant, 2002). The three unethical or corrupt actions that stood out and that I will discuss are a deprivation of civil rights by property theft, use of deception for personal gain and the use of intimidation (United States v. Bell, Forrest, and Sillings, 2011). Also, I will examine the different ethical leadership responsibilities and how they tie to the…

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