Does anyone know the different ethical problems in law enforcement including behaviors?
Ethical problems in law enforcement always receive a considerable amount of media time. The public, the media, and the police department expect police officers to have high ethical standards. Anytime a police officer does something unethical it affects the entire department and in many cases the entire law enforcement field.
Law enforcement officers receive training, screening, counseling, and education on a myriad of subjects dealing with contact with the public. Here are a few: (1)A regular officer, on beat, for instance, may encounter an irate citizen who is verbally abusive to the officer. The officer is trained not to respond in a similar fashion, rather he should attempt to defuse the situation with reason and patience; (2) An officer investigating a case which may include the discovery of drugs or lots of cash must rise above the tendency to abscond with any of it; he is required to take possession of it and turn it over to the property or evidence room at the stationhouse; (3) The use of deadly force is legal by law enforcement only if an officer reasonably believes that his life or another person's life is in serious danger; (4) Entering someone's house to search without a warrant in a non-emergency situation is illegal. In each of these instances, (and there are many, many more that officers face) law enforcement agents know that there may be dire consequences. Taking a chance on the wrong side of the issue is not just a matter dealing with legality; it is also a serious matter of ethics.