Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice Essay

647 WordsAug 29, 20093 Pages
1 Ethics, or moral conduct, are of major importance in the Criminal Justice field today. If the police force condoned unethical behavior, there would be very little, if any, justice being served. Official police misconduct is any “objectionable actions taken by police officers in connection with their official duties, which can lead to a miscarriage of justice”. ( However, “police misconduct may include a broader range of misconduct, reflecting the high standards that we expect of police officers. Unlike official misconduct, police misconduct can apply to off-duty behavior as well as conduct on the job”. ( Ethics are applicable in an investigation because, as I stated before, if the force…show more content…
If an officer has a previous instance of falsifying testimony, any testimony he gives in the future could be thrown out of court, letting an offender go free. Bribery is a problem for many different reasons, also. Justice cannot be served if the police are willing to be “bought” by the criminals. An investigator is supposed to protect the community and do what he has to in order to make sure that justice is being served. This cannot be done if he is on the criminals’ pay roll. It can lower community moral, believing that if someone has enough money, they can just buy their way out of anything. The community may also lose faith in the justice system all together, believing that whoever harmed them, or whatever be the case, will go free because the police are working both sides of the fence. There is no case if the investigator is letting the guilty go free. Ethics are very important in the Criminal Justice Field because it keeps up community and department moral and ensures that the right person will be charged with the right crime. It also ensures that justice will be served. If an officer has shown unethical behaviors in the past, who is to say that they won’t do it again? This loses faith and trust in the entire system and justice can never be fully served. Because of this, we must all do our parts in order to make sure that we, and our fellows, are practicing good ethics. REFERENCES
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