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
You can assume that
the Code of Conduct and Ethics Policy prohibits employees from accepting
gratuities.1.) Describe the three
principles of ethical decision making this rookie officer will face in this
2.) Explain the difference
between discretion and duty; how could each of these be applied to the rookie
3.) Compare and contrast
the different ethical systems and how they would apply to the rookie officer’s
4.) What steps could the
Tidewater Police Department’s organizational leaders take to encourage ethical
decision making by the rookie officer?
5.) What are some of the
ethical arguments “for” and “against” gratuities that the rookie officer could
give when questioned by the Chief?