Administration of Justice 15 – Police Supervision LESSON #3 – Chapter 3 Responsibility Three: Ethics

Administration of Justice 15 – Police Supervision LESSON #3 – Chapter 3 Responsibility Three: Ethics

Class: Administration of Justice 15 – Police Supervision
Book: "Supervising Police Personnel: The Fifteen Responsibilities"
Seventh Edition
by Paul M. Whisenand,
PEARSON PUBLISHING
ISBN 13: 978-0-13-245758-3
LESSON #3
Reading assignment: Chapter 3
Responsibility Three: Ethics
Key points:

• Ethics focuses on moral duties and how we should behave

• Ethos is the distinguishing quality, moral nature, or guiding beliefs we hold

• The six pillars of character are trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, justice and fairness, caring and civic virtue and citizenship

• Self-deception and rationalization will cause us difficulty with hard choices

• Ethics training involves inspiration, collaboration, education, and integration

• In education and training of ethics, it is best to
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o Avoid sermonizing
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o Promote practical problem solving
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o Help in recognizing ethical issues
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o Show how to anticipate problems
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o Emphasize that ethics is its own reward
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o Concentrate on actions, not motives; and
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o Accept the fact that humankind is not basically good
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WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT:

After reading Chapter 3, please answer the following essay questions.
You will be graded on the thoroughness of your responses.
Please rewrite the question first (copy/paste) and then provide an answer.

1. 1. What does ethos mean to you? Cite a guiding belief that you believe represents your employer?
Answer:
2. Obeying a law is a relatively easy choice. Making ethical decisions is a hard choice. Provide examples of why this is true.
Answer:
3. Is our society becoming more or less ethical in its daily transactions. Use examples. What are the major ethical pitfalls we are confronted with?
Answer:
4. Complete Structured Exercise 3-7 on page 58.
Answer:
5. List all the values in the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics on page 57. Which of these values do you believe are ethics?
Answer:

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