CRJS420 DB2

Apr 14th, 2015
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In about 4 months, you will be graduating from the police academy. Your friend, Jim, works at the same precinct to which you are applying. You know that upon your employment with the law enforcement agency, you may be required to take a polygraph test with questions about prior arrests, drug use, or theft—any questions that could disqualify you as a police officer. Your friend tells you to lie on the questionnaire and not to include information from your old college days when you both were arrested for marijuana possession. Although the case was dismissed, it still is in the court system. Jim stated that his district does not employ the polygraph; it just has a questionnaire. Jim admitted to lying on his questionnaire to seek his employment. • Are ethics limited to duty, or does it extend to personal desires? • What are the implications of lying on a questionnaire even though the department may not find out the truth? • What would you gain if the truth was told? • If you do tell the trut

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CRJS420-DB2NameClassDateProfessorCRJS420-DB2 Police officers are important and trusted members of society and as such should be able to ethical behavior in society. When a police officer suggest that the best way to get hired at a police agency is to lie there is a question about their ethics. The police academy graduate has an ethical duty to tell the truth on their application because while he might not yet have a specific job he has gone though police academy and swore to be an honest and ethical police officer. Ethics of a police officer are not limited to duty and extend into the officer personal life. Police have an ethical duty to uphold the law and display moral character (Norberg, 2011). If they are incapable of displaying ethical in their personal life they will not show ethics in their professional lives. If the police academy begins their career by lying on their questionnaire they are not showing ethical behavior. It is better for the officer to tell the truth on his questionnaire than to begin their careers telling lies. If police officers cannot display moral and ethical decisions before they are hired by the policing agency, they

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