The Ethics Of Integrity And Law Enforcement Essay

1041 Words Sep 2nd, 2015 5 Pages
From years of experience as a law enforcement manager, it is clear that building and maintaining public faith is the foundation of effective policing and law enforcement. The construction and preservation of trust takes an enormous deal of uninterrupted effort, which can take years to build and minutes to destroy. However, as unfortunately as it may be, the ethical work of countless law enforcement members is easily unfastened by the actions of one unethical member, which clearly puts the spotlight on all. Without a doubt from recent personal experiences within my own agency, often, the indictment of one or a “few bad apples” seems like an indictment of all.
As I evaluate the first segment of the forum question, the first element representative of integrity and ethics in police leadership that comes to mind is clearly police corruption, which in my experiences, corruption comes with a long list of definitions that includes professional integrity. However, Harberfeld (2013) noted that professional integrity can be defined as trustworthiness, in communication and personal action, to the goals and principles of the profession or agency. For law enforcement professionals, the job in self-governing cultures is enforcement of law, preservation of peace and order, and provision of services to the public while respecting the rights and dignity of citizens; more less, the old saying of “to protect and serve” is a more common understanding of law enforcement’s overall…

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