Current Ethical Issues

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Current Ethical Issues

University of Phoenix
Ethics in Management
PHL/323
June 12, 2011

In today’s society there are many decisions made every day that have an effect on not only a single person but can contribute to decisions and actions that many other people make as well. Many decisions have an ethical standpoint that each person must address to make sure that it is a decision they are ready and willing to make. Each decision needs to incorporate the main issues at hand, who it will affect and how, as well as any possible side effects from the decision. Recently, the Phoenix Police Department of Arizona has been faced with many ethical dilemmas that have scared their image. Even though many in the police force have tried
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This leadership came into play, although all individuals involved are adults and accountable for their own actions, by the sergeants’ participation giving the ethical impression to the subordinate officers’ their actions are acceptable. Leadership is extremely important in every organization, and although Gary Marche reveals, “There is no evidence to support the “individual rotten apple” theory” he ties corruption to leadership as the fish is known to rot at the head (Marche, 51).

When we think of Police Officers, we imagine individuals that are presented with a code of conduct. Officers are thought to be people that can be trusted and will help uphold the law. It is rare to hear about an officer involved investigation as most officers are able to maintain a good record and make confident decision with the moral code in place. The extra expenses to the city that these investigations require are a major drawback that has an impact on not only the officers but the entire community. Because the officers have already been screened they are often given the benefit of the doubt in the courts eyes and are allowed to continue their careers as long as they are able to justify their decisions and ensure that they were within the law. Only when an officer has been accused of a crime that suits an investigation or is connected to an Internal Affairs investigation are they required to take additional

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