The Ethics Of The Police Agency

1715 Words Oct 21st, 2016 7 Pages
Police agencies have been traumatized with allegations of corruption and misconduct almost since the inception of law enforcement. In most organizations, an employee investigation is a sensitive issue. The employee being investigated can become unsettled, many times mentally and emotionally exhausted. Employees directly and indirectly involved can also become emotionally drained. Consider the impact an internal affairs investigation has within a police agency as it struggles to maintain the confidence and respect of the public it serves. The internal affairs process used to investigate complaints can affect the overall morale of the agency and greatly affect the value system and ethics of the police agency itself. Every chief of police must grapple with the dilemma of either exposing misconduct under his leadership or ignoring symptoms of misconduct that may not be otherwise revealed. The proactive approach to police misconduct is not only the appropriate approach, it is the ethical choice. To ignore misconduct is to condone it. Regardless of the number of complaints a police agency receives, whether one or one hundred, the internal affairs process is a very important function for checking the integrity and professionalism of the agency. Misconduct committed by a police officer affects not only himself, it affects the entire police agency and the community it serves. Police officer misconduct is also far reaching in that it will affect other police agencies and…
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