Ethical Dilemma Executive Paper
In September 28, 1789, George Washington wrote to Attorney General Edmund Randolph “The true administration of justice is the firmest pillar of good government. Criminal justice is a discipline and system that seeks to understand, apprehend and prosecute criminals. Particular moral and religious beliefs aside, there are a number of practical reasons to act ethically in criminal justice. A more ethical criminal justice system could result in the deterrence of crime, increased rehabilitation and more effective prosecutions.
Any officer who joins a new department has to be faced with the ethical dilemma of what is right and wrong. An officer, who witnesses another officer accepting a bribe, is left with the burden of deliberating if they should report what they witnessed. The rules and regulations for any department come into question when an officer is faced with such situation. Criminal justice personnel are projected to up hold the code of ethics no matter what, but can often be broken up individually by others. I witnessed a senior officer on numerous occasions accepting inappropriate gifts from local businesses and community members, which is a direct violation of the ethical code of conduct. So my dilemma is, what should a lower ranked, new to the department do? I have to ponder the pros and cons of getting involved with the situation. There are many consequences to being labeled a “snitch” or “whistle-blower”.
First I have to decide what measures will I take when faced with this ethical dilemma. any officer who joins a department is sworn in to serve and protect the public and uphold the law. My first course of action is that, I have to speak with the other officer in confidence about the out of place behavior and repeat to him that what he is doing is wrong and unethical. Let him know that in the case that others find out, it can hurt his profession, as well as humiliating the department. In the case that the...