Ethics And Character Analysis Interviews

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Ethics and Character Analysis Interviews Introduction Many law enforcement officers in the United States are good, dedicated and committed to serving the people by protecting them and their property. In most cases, however, we hear news of police officer involvement in criminal activities or unethical behavior such as theft, robbery, abuse of authority and excessive coercion. The indication of police using force against suspects and committing crimes does not appear favorable to the public because people have entrusted them for their protection. Therefore, to address and effectively reduce crime, practitioners in the criminal justice system at the federal, state, and local levels must maintain high ethical standards in their practice. To…show more content…
According to my interviewee SA Robinson, ethics and character are important in law enforcement as they play a significant role in building public trust which is critical in addressing crime in the country. Public confidence gets lost when police officers and other law enforcers engage in criminal activities and unethical behaviors. Loss of public trust towards the police undermines interactions and communication between the police and the people. The trust loss, in turn, hinders the police from obtaining relevant information from the public that would help them address crime. The SA also stated that ethics plays a critical role in guiding an officer’s interactions with criminal suspects (Banks, 2009). According to Mr. Conyers, when asked the same question, he gave a criminal case scenario where ethics plays a critical role. The plot involves a police officer who apprehends a person carrying illegal weapons like guns in his car. According to the 6th Amendment of the US Constitution, a person accused of criminal activity has a right to a fair trial as well as have an Assistance of Counsel (lawyer) during the hearing of the case. In this case, the government appoints a lawyer for the accused if he or she cannot afford one. Based on ethical standards, the police should not threaten or assault the offender in any way. Instead, the police should arrest the suspect regardless of ethnic or religion
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