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Instead of practicing a code of ethics which is professional,some police develop a personal code of ethics in which loyalty to their fellow officers trumps serving and protecting the community.
Police sub-cultures are defined as a blue wall so to speak. It's basically an unspoken “rule” between law enforcement officers regarding their loyalty to each other. It's a type of closeness that law enforcement officers often form when they have been working together for a long period of time. When this type of bond has been formed between law enforcement officers, their loyalty to each other 'over rules' the oath they made when becoming a police officer. This not on effects their agencies code of ethics but can also affect their own morals they have set for their self. Police officers are often told from the start (in training) to never show weakness. For example, if a new officer appears distraught after dealing with a violent child abuse case, a peer may enforce the attitudes of the subculture by sarcastically mocking the officer and asking if he or she needs a tissue to wipe away tears (Malmin, 2012). If that said officer above kept getting negative comments from his peers and then later commits suicide due to the stress of the job – was the other police officer acting ethical? No, he wasn't. If the police officer that was effect by the child abuse and he wanted to seek job, would him seeking help be used against him later? There is a possibly it could be and that is why a lot of police officers don't want to seek help. In fear that it could be used against them later whether it's by a court or possibly his fellow peers. The same goes for protecting fellow officers, police officer often sometimes feel like it's part of their job to protect each other even if one is in trouble. For an example, two police officers pulled over a car and seized marijuana from the car. One police officer took some of the marijuana and told the other police officer 'don't tell anyone, it helps me cope with the stress' and the other police officer agrees. Not only does that undermine the agencies code of ethics but possibly his morals as well. He could have told someone but his formed this special bond with this other police officer, he doesn't want them to get into trouble.
The only true way to improve and change these sub-cultures is having police officers and administrators need to acknowledge the problem. Police officers need to be more honest and open whether it's something big or small. Just because someone is a police officer doesn't mean they have the be tough all the time. If a police officer is having a hard time dealing with a case they dealt with, there needs to be more open sources for the police officer to get help without thinking it will be used against them later or made of because they are supposed to be tough. Until this changes, I personally think there still will up a high rate of police officers drinking, using drugs, stealing, lying and even suicide.
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