Police Ethics and DevianceCJS/210February 13, 2011Rhonda TillmanPolice Ethics and DevianceEthics is defined as practical, normative study of the rightness and wrongness of human conduct. Ethics are very important to police work, and police officer??™s ethics are tested on a daily basis and it is up to them to make sure they are not weakened or compromised. Even though officer??™s can find themselves in a position where they have to make an ethical decision where they have to decide what is right and what is wrong and that will solely depend on the ethics the officer already has in their work life and home life, this makes a big difference.Some of the ethical standards that police have to uphold or should uphold are that everyone should be given equal protection of the law all on the same level regardless of race, religion or standard of living. Everyone should be protected from violence and or threat of any kind and to be especially observant to the weaker groups such as children, women, disabled persons, the elderly and minority groups. Everyone has the right to a fair trial, freedom of expression, to not be subjected to cruel and inhuman treatment or to suffer any kind of torture.Police officers or any law enforcement officials shall never cause, or instigate any kind of torture, or degrading treatment or punishment. Police officers will take care of all victims with sympathy and admiration paying special attention to their safety and privacy.
They will not use force unless it is completely warranted and when it is needed it has to be minimal depending on the circumstances. Restraint must be used and act in the amount needed for the circumstances of the offence.Police officers should never use lethal force except if inescapable and only to protect their lives or the lives of someone else. Officers also must treat all subjects being detained caringly and never embarrass or inflict or instigate any act of torture or bad treatment. Police corruption is defined as an illegal conduct or misconduct involving the use of occupational power for personal, group or organizational gain.
When an officer decides to arrest one person but not another one for money is an example of police corruption or an officer destroying a case for monetary gain also is an example of corruption. The effects of corruption by police officers can affect an entire department and make even the other officers look corrupt and untrustworthy.Officer misconduct can be defined as; wrong doing violations of departmental procedures. This is also an impropriety of office, and not necessarily misuse of authority. Policies and procedures are put into place for a reason and to help the department to run as smoothly as possible and when an officer defies these policies and procedures again it can make everyone look bad in the public eye and gives them reason to speculate and draw their conclusions about how police departments are ran. Different types of misconduct are; malfeasance, misfeasance and nonfeasance.Malfeasance is defined as intentional commission of a prohibited act unjust performance of some act of which the party had no right. Misfeasance is defined as performance of a duty or acct that one is obligated or permitted to do in a manner which is improper.
Nonfeasance is defined as failure to perform an act which one is obligated to do either by law or directive due to omission or failure to recognize the obligation. Police brutality is defined as a civil rights violation that occurs when a police officer acts with excessive force by using an amount of force with regards to a civilian that is more than necessary. When an officer uses unnecessary force against someone whether it be verbal or physical it can affect the person that is being targeted and the department because the public sees that if one officer is violent that they all must be. Police officers are granted privilege to use a minimum amount of force if needed and when they go beyond that to try and control a situation when that much force is not needed, can cause problems for the officer and affect the higher levels of the police department.When officers do not follow their department procedures and policies and they decide to take matters in their own hands because they feel that is the only way a problem will be fixed can be devastating for the officer and the whole department in many ways. Use of force may be needed in some cases but it does not have to be extreme.
Some officers that may be having problems in their personal life and their work life may go to an extreme use of force because of anger built up. When this happens it can cause major injuries and in some cases death by officer. ReferencesNCJRS. (February 2, 2002). Retrieved from http://www.
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