The Ethics Of The 21st Century Essay

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Before we look into the 21st century, let us remember just over 18 years ago when these words, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Ms. Lewinsky” caused American’s to question the ethical conduct of a sitting president (Nelson, 2013). On January 26, 1998, former President William Jefferson Clinton, Bill, spoke those words, and they ricocheted aimlessly across this nation and stirred conversations about ethics and morals in America. In fact, the remnants of these words still simmer today as the question remains, what is the role of ethics in our leaders? Now fast forward to the 21st century, we are facing another ethical and moral dilemma in America and that is in policing and the way police officers, who are entrusted leaders and public servants, treat the citizen’s they are paid to protect. This paper will focus on the ethics in American policing in the 21st Century.
The Sworn Oath
“I solemnly swear, 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.” Police officer’s are administered an oath, similar to the one above, on day one when training begins (IACP, 2016). A public affirmation of adhering to an Oath of Honor is a powerful vehicle demonstrating ethical standards. It is a symbolic statement of commitment to ethical behavior. Before any officer takes the Law…

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