The Tidewater Police Department is a small rural department that
consists of 22 police officers, 4 detectives, a criminal intelligence
analyst and 3 secretaries. The police department has a new Chief of
Police that has created and enacted a Code of Conduct and Ethics Policy.
About half of the officers have 20+ years of experience and the other
half have less than 3 years of experience.
You are a rookie police officer on your first patrol. The older,
experienced officer tells you that the restaurant on the corner likes to
have the police around, so they always give free meals. Your partner
orders steak, potatoes, and all the trimmings which total almost $50.00.
What are you going to do?
Conduct an ethical analysis on the situation based on what you’ve
learned over the last four weeks. Complete the following essay
questions. Each essay question should have a minimum of 4-5 sentences,
but may warrant more information for a complete answer.
You can assume that the Code of Conduct and Ethics Policy prohibits
employees from accepting gratuities.
1. Compare and contrast the different ethical systems and how they would
apply to the rookie officer’s moral behavior.
2. What steps could the Tidewater Police Department’s organizational
leaders take to encourage ethical decision making by the rookie officer?
3. What are some of the ethical arguments “for” and “against” gratuities
that the rookie officer could give when questioned by the Chief?
4. Explain the difference between discretion and duty; how could each of
these be applied to the rookie officer?
5. Describe the three principles of ethical decision making this rookie
officer will face in this situation.