Ethical Dilemma Paper

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Ethical Dilemma PaperNameClassDateProfessorEthical Dilemma Paper Police officers are public servants that are have broad powers to fulfill their duties but are also expected to act within the confines of the law and follow the policies and procedures established by the police organization as well as to adhere to the ethical standards established in the code of conduct. Despite the police officers authority to use discretion in the field they are limited in their action by constitutional law and the rights of the citizen and any act of police misconduct violate the trust of members of the public. In the scenario where a new police officer has witnessed a veteran police officer is engaging in acts of police misconduct, such as accepting inappropriate gifts from community members and local businesses, which is in violation of the ethical code of conduct. The new police officer is hesitant to turn in the seasoned police officer but is aware through his training that he is required to report the misconduct to his superior. The police officer, however, fears the consequences of turning in a fellow police officer because of the unwritten rule in policing, or code of silence, where police officers never report the actions of fellow police officers. Despite the police culture that makes it hard for the police officer to report police conduct of other police officers, the new police officer has an ethical and legal obligation to report the poli

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