The Ethics Of The Arizona Peace Officer Standards And Training Board

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The following will describe an ethical issue in my own area of study as well as provide a moral response. It will be inclusive of two moral theories might respond to the issue and provide an explanation of how the principles contained in a code of ethics for my discipline relate to the issue. Law enforcement has one key ethical issue: integrity. Dictionary.com defines integrity as “adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty.” According to Cartwright, G. (2010) those who work in law enforcement “deal with temptation continually.” He continues by explaining that while most officers make the right decision, some do not. When the actions of law enforcement violate both ethical and lawful conduct, and those actions become public; “there is a lot of shock and confusion”. These transgressions must be investigated and addressed. To address the issue The Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board separates any accusation of wrongdoing into three categories; Malfeasance, misfeasance, and non-feasance they are defined as followed: • Malfeasance-“wrongdoing, especially by a public official.” (merriam-webster.com) Example (as found on post site) an officer soliciting and engaging sexual intercourse with a 17year old female.” • Misfeasance- “a transgression, especially the wrongful exercise of lawful authority.” (Merriam-webster.com) Example (as found on post site): The use of excessive and unauthorized force. • Nonfeasance- “failure to

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