Ethicsand Code of ConductEthicsand integrity are very important aspects of leadership in the field of lawenforcement. Law enforcers are held in high esteem because of the nature oftheir job and therefore they are supposed to live up to those standards. Theydeal with many different people and situations and therefore their contributionto the society is very important. Ethics and integrity is important in futurecareer choice for a number of reasons. Unethical acts weaken the society. For instance,if members of the law enforcement mistreat the members of the society peoplewill be afraid to report cases of crime to them (Hailey, K. 2016).
This willlead to weak belief in the justice system by the society leading to an increasein lawlessness and the level of crime. As a lawyer one is supposed to be awareof biases. There are instances where the law and procedures go against one’spersonal feelings and beliefs. This can be a challenge when trying to keeppersonal biases out of the workplace so as to perform a job satisfactorily. Thedifferences may be difficult for some people to reconcile. Ethics in thecommunity is another important factor to note. Law enforcers interact a lotwith the community at different levels.
When law enforcers commit to act in anethical manner the community will be more willing and open to work with them.It creates trust between the two entities and the community who in turn giveimportant information to the law enforcers because of the good relationship.Ethicsinvolves doing the right thing and the “right thing” is based on the values thatare held dear by the society. There are several aspects in which ethics,morality and the law differ in regard to affecting the decisions of my locallaw enforcement officers. Law enforcement officers are expected to actethically and morally at all time in different situations. They are required tofollow the established laws and regulations when carrying out their duties andobligations. The two aspects that affect the decisions of the law enforcementofficers are deontological and teleological theories.
Deontological theoryfocuses on doing what is right irrespective of the outcome of consequences(Fisher, C. B. 2012). It is grounded on the belief that how and why a persondoes something is more important than the results that it produces thereforelaw enforcement officers are supposed to act in the right manner when makingdecision irrespective of the outcome that will be associated with their rightaction. Onthe other hand, teleological theory holds the view that the end justifies themeans. Accordingly, the law enforcement officers are expected to act in amanner that will produce good results irrespective of their actions as long asit produces good results then they will have acted ethically. Ethics moralityand the law differ in the process of decision making process. Morality is thevalues and beliefs that a person holds on what is good or bad.
Ethics are setof standards that determine a person’s behavior and help him to make a decisionon how respond during different situations. The laws are the set rules that arein place that defines what is good and what is bad. Ethics helps the lawenforcement officers to make good decisions according to the law.Thereare several ways that the law enforcement officers can use ethics, morality andthe code of conduct in both their professional and personal lives. The lawenforcement officers are supposed to be people of integrity both in theirprofessional and personal lives. Integrity enables an officer to relate wellwith his colleagues at work and other members of the society. It encouragespeople to be open to one another because it creates trust. Another importantaspect is honesty.
Honesty is a virtue that is important both professionallyand in personal life (Kramer, D. K. 2014). When a law enforcement officer isdeemed to be honest he will be in a position to interact freely with peopleboth in his personal life and professional life. People will be comfortableapproaching and talking to him.Thereare several important aspects of the code of conduct of the state of Marylandas they relate to law enforcement activities in that state. One of them is inregard to filing a complaint.
Anyone is allowed to file a complaint with thecommission on violation of public ethics law by official, lobbyist or employee (Hailey,K. 2016). The law requires that the complaint be in writing and signed underoath. The other aspect is on local, county and municipal government.
Thecommission lacks jurisdiction over local, county and municipal employees and itcannot accept complains against them. Those complain are supposed to bedirected to the local, county and municipal ethics board or commission.