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Running head; ETHICS AND MISCONDUCT
Ethics and Misconduct
ETHICS AND MISCONDUCT
Ethics and misconduct
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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