Ethics in Law Enforcement Essay example
Ethics are important for law enforcement because it keeps individual personnel from stepping outside the boundaries and helps in attaining as much fairness as possible. There will always be individual law enforcement officers that drift outside their boundaries, but we hope that with ethical standards that they would be punished in some way if they are in the wrong.
One thing to note is that there are times in an officer’s day where he/she may pull over a speeding car and not write a ticket because the passenger is giving birth. Instead of writing them a ticket the officer would give them a police escort to the hospital to ensure they arrive safely. Now the driver may have committed an act that is against the law, but for a good reason and by giving them an escort to the hospital instead of a speeding ticket is considered by our society to be the right thing to do.
There will always be officers that do not follow the ethical standards that a police department needs. My example of this is an officer that came into a bar I was working at and drove his truck home after many drinks. Now it was apparent that he should not be driving. My ethical issue with this is that he pulls people over for drinking and…