Police ethics are extremely important because ethics are the typical of “fair and honest conduct” (pg 460). People may have a different definition of what is fair and what is honest, and there are different circumstances where officers may not be able to be honest; such as covert investigations. Society in general determines what our ethical standards and moral principles are. Individual morals vary among all of us as they are what we as an individual consider to be right or wrong. We also have morals that are set by society. These are what we as a society consider to be right or wrong and may go hand in hand with individual morals. Morals change as society and people change, therefore we as a country have to adapt to what the changing morals are.
Officers are able to use discretion in many situations that their morals would guide them in. They have the right to pull a person over with probable cause or a violation and they can choose whether to give them a ticket, a warning, or nothing, depending on the situation.
The morals I have and that I teach my children are what I believe to be right and wrong. My morals stem from my religious beliefs, the laws of our country, and how I feel it is appropriate or inappropriate to conduct yourself. One person’s morals can interfere with another. I believe when you are in certain careers you may have to quiet your own morals so that they don’t interfere with the ethical standards of your position.
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.
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