Ethical Dilemmas in Police Work Term Paper

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Policing Dilemmas

Ethical Dilemmas in Police Work

For ethical training to be effective in a police profession then there must be continuous education and practice. Officers work in a rapidly evolving field that is in a dynamic environment and therefore will most likely encounter new challenges frequently. These challenges can be further complicated by the fact that officers must often make quick decisions in situations in which their physical safety is on the line. Without proper training there is an increased likelihood that an officer will chose their own self-interest or preservation without regard for the ethical dilemmas that are present in their choices. This analysis will provide some ethical dilemmas that officers might encounter. Such dilemmas can also be used for learning or training purposes so that officers can practice beforehand some of the situations they may face on the job so that they are better prepared.

Ethical Dilemmas on the Job

Denial and refusal to accept the potential for ethical compromise and corruption at "our department" prevents administrators and officers from developing an in-depth understanding and appreciation of the issues; without a clear understanding, adequate information and practical strategies, officers who are exposed to a risk-filled environment are more likely to engage in inappropriate behaviors that can destroy their professional and personal lives . . . As well as the reputation and credibility of their organizations (Gilmartin and Harris). Therefore, it behooves law enforcement professions to consider the types of dilemmas that they will face in their particular environment. Constructing relevant dilemmas that are appropriate for a specific department can make the ethical understanding of officers more relevant to their daily work routines.

One particular issue that is prevalent in a significant proportion of various jurisdictions is the uses of confidential informants. Confidential informants are crucial to many law enforcement investigations and are especially when investigating illegal activities involving illegal drugs. Informants can be a crucial asset to the investigation because they are often able to provide specific information that is difficult to find through any other channels. However, the informants are often criminals themselves; if not properly managed, they can render a law enforcement investigation useless, destroy an agency's credibility, and even endanger officers' lives and therefore…

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Lieberman, B. "Ethical Issues in the Use of Confidential Informants for Narcotic Operations." 2007. The Police Chief. Online. 2 April 2013.

Pollock, J. Ethical Dilemmas and Decisions in Criminal Justice. Cengage Learning, 2012. Print.

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