Police Ethics And Ethics In Police Officers And Law Enforcement

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Police Ethics Police Ethics is important to both law enforcement officers and the accused. However, many number officers violate and the ethical code. Violation of the ethical code can be very impactful on not only the victim but also the police department and law enforcement officer. Definitions A dictionary definition of ethics is: “A set of principles of right conduct, a theory or a system of moral values, the rules or standards governing the conduct of a person or members of a profession.” The American Heritage College Dictionary, Fourth Ed, Houghton-Mifflin, Boston, pp. 480. (Houghton, 2015) In the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, ethic is defined as “the discipline dealing with what is good and bad and with moral duty and obligation.” (Merriam-Webster's Dictionary, ) Violation “One national survey uncovered evidence that this breach of ethics is significant: of the thousands of incidents of sexual violence in prison each year, more than 40 percent involved staff-on-inmate sexual misconduct, and more than 10 percent involved staff sexual harassment of inmates. Staff members were involved in more cases of sexual violence and harassment in correctional facilities than were inmates.” Timothy Hughes, Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003, Sexual Violence Reported by Correctional Authorities, 2004 (Washington, DC: Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2005.) Officers should not have the authority or the power to attack or violate inmates. They should not use their authoritative power to
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