Cja384 Ethics in Criminal Justice
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Ethics in Criminal Justice
Law enforcement officers, corrections officers, and professionals within the criminal justice profession.
5 areas of ethical conduct:
1. Proper use of professional and ethical authority It is common for criminal justice professionals to act beyond the limits of their authority. Proper training to help officers learn to control their actions and to uphold their reputation will reflect positively on the agency.
2. Racial Discrimination Both fellow employees and the community are affected by discrimination in law enforcement. Treating all individuals fairly and ethically will show proper professional behavior, and help them be a positive role model for the criminal justice system.
3. Bribes Unethical behavior included the acceptance of gifts for bribes from the community, agencies, criminals, or fellow co-workers in return for special treatment.
4. Honesty Trust is necessary for a positive professional relationship with the community. Immoral or deceiving actions cause a lack of trust in the criminal justice profession. Law enforcement officers are held to a higher ethical standard because of their role to keep the community safe. They take an oath of office, are expected to comply with professional code of ethics, and are subject to various laws, rules, and regulations (Gleason, 2006).
5. Excessive force Officers need to be able to think critically in stressful situations, and learn to react appropriately. Many officers resort to unnecessary use of violence, when there are less physical options that could lead to a positive resolution to the situation. Knowing how to approach each situation and to prepare for the unexpected will allow for officers to know when to use the proper amount of force, and what other options they may have. The use of excessive for is an abuse of power,...