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Rasmussen Law Enforcement Officers Standards & Policies Research Paper

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Question Description

Police officers must adhere to their local departmental policy, state laws, professional standards, and ethical codes.

For your assignment, first read the scenario below.

Officer Mary Smith works the 8-5PM shift. During her shift, she is allowed to take a lunch break at a time that works for her in responding to calls. During her break, she purchases a bottle of wine at a local liquor store and places it in the trunk of her squad car. The wine is a gift for a friend who recently retired from her teaching job and the retirement party is later that day. She does not consume any alcohol on duty, but decided to buy the wine during her break in order to save time when she completes her shift.
A citizen sees Mary buying the wine in uniform and calls the Chief to report the incident and to file a complaint against Mary.

For this assignment, you will assume the role of the Chief. Prepare a paper explaining how, acting as the Chief, you would handle the complaint about Mary.

First, conduct research and provide an overview of the professional rules, laws, policies, and standards that apply to law enforcement officers in your state. Be sure to identify what entity or department is responsible for the rule or standard (e.g. a state agency, a licensing board, an individual department, etc.). Your submission must include the state guidelines, policies, or rules that apply to law enforcement officers.

  • To begin your research, find your state organization through the National POST portal on the website for the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST).
  • Be sure research similar incidents for guidance.

Second, write a disciplinary report that address the following topics:

  • Identify the applicable professional rules, laws, policies or standards that apply to the scenario above and that guide your decision as Chief:
  • You can present your information in bullet points, but be sure to use complete sentences and include the complete title of each policy/rule/standard.
  • Include a title naming your state and the proper title of the codes, rules, or standards.
  • Identify whether you feel Mary violated and rules of conduct or policies and explain why.
  • Explain what discipline, if any, you will impose.
  • What other factors will you consider in your decision, i.e., impact of decision on department as a whole, public opinion, etc.?

Prepare your assignment following APA citation and format requirements. You must include proper citations to any source you relied on for information that you include in your paper.

Final Answer

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Ethics and Misconduct




Ethics and misconduct
Case brief
The case involves a report made by a civilian to the Chief, reporting a purported incident
in which an officer from the Seattle Police Department was involved. The civilian lodged a
formal complaint against Mary, who was spotted buying wine while in police uniform. She
proceeded to place the alcohol in the trunk of a police vehicle, an issue which formed part of the
report. Further, the report indicates that the officer bought the liquor during working hours, in as
much as she ran the errand over her lunch break period.
Issues for consideration
The following issues, therefore, arise for consideration in deliberating on the best way to
handle the situation:

What are the rules or codes of conduct that govern the Seattle Police Department
regarding the conduct of officers while on duty, and what are the rules that govern the
behavior of officers while in uniform?

Did the actions of the officer amount to a breach of the code of conduct allude to above?

If the actions amounted to breach, what are the repercussions available to the chief to

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