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Oct 31st, 2014
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Police Ethics and Police Rights

Write a response to the following prompt:

  • Describe the vital role of police leaders, especially first-line supervisors, in preventing and addressing problems of patrol officer ethics.
  • What are the specific rights that police officers possess, and what are the areas in which they have limitations placed on their behavior and activity according to court decisions and legislation? Do you think these limitations are necessary? Why or why not?

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Week 3 Discussion 2

Yolanda The vital role of police leaders, in preventing and addressing problems of patrol officer ethics “is to be trusted to work within the law, officers should perform all duties no matter what ethnics group the citizens are, they should not let their personal feeling affect their work. A police officer should not use unnecessary force or violent, keep confidentially a secret unless noted by law, and do not engage in corruption or bribery” (Peak, Gaines, & Glensor, 2010).

The first line supervisor is “to be a proactive training initiatives and models that will serve not only to instruct, but also to prevent misconduct. A departmental code of ethics should be devised that sets forth the integrity goals and responsibilities of each officer and the agency in general. Officers should be instructed in what is expected of them as street ambassadors and in how to properly exercise their authority, how to conduct themselves in public and in their private life, achieve a proper attitude in dealing with the public, speak to citizens and criminals, de-escalate confrontations, be aware of and sensitive to diverse cultural lifestyles in the multicultural community that they serve, problem solve, and recognize and resist temptations to abuse their authority. They should be taught that the public image and perception of the department's professionalism and integrity are directly linked to his or her actions as a street officer. Officers should recognize that they must become role models in the community and that they are indeed held to a higher standard of conduct and accountability” (Gentile, 2014).

The specific rights that police officers possess and have limitations placed on their behavior and activity according to court decisions and legislation are,“ some observers have referred to illegal police behavior as a “slippery slope”: Officers trend on solid or legal grounds but at some point, slip beyond the acceptance into illegal or unacceptable behavior. This slippery slope serve as a point of analysis for the behavior addressed in this section, which discusses areas in which officers can get in trouble: (1) lying and deception, (2) acceptance of gratuities and corruption, (3) improper use of force, (4) verbal and psychological abuse, (5) violation of civil rights, and (6) improper sexual relationships" (Peak, Gaines, & Glensor, 2010).  I believe that these limitations are necessary because a law enforcement officer has been sworn in to protect its citizens and to not take advantage of their authority.


Gentile, J. (2014). Free Donuts and More: A Commentary on Police Misconduct and Corruption http:// www.steredavis.org/sol1art1.html.

Peak, K., Gaines, L. & Glensor, R. (2010). Police supervision and management in an era of community policing (3rd ed.) Upper saddle, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc. ISBN: 9780135154663

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