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Ethical Challenges

Ethical Challenges

Ethical leadership and behavior are defiantly a challenge in modern law  enforcement. There are many law enforcement officers who are faced  daily with ethical challenges. Maintaining honor, integrity and loyalty  both with your own beliefs and with job requirements may cause personal  strain. It requires hard work and does not offer an easy way to live if  you are always doing the right thing. Typically, the right thing  ethically may not always be the right thing morally. An example of this  is if you are an officer on patrol and you pull someone over for  speeding more than 20mph over the limit, upon walking up to the window  you see that it is your best friend. Ethically your friend deserves a  ticket for speeding, but the officer might be inclined to release the  person with a warning to maintain the relationship. Doing the right  thing one hundred percent of the time requires a full commitment and  will always be harder than just doing what is easier. Cadets  receive ethics training in academies to reinforce the importance of  high ethical behavior and its relationship to the profession. However,  because police officers are human beings chosen from the public, leaders  cannot expect total absence of corruption and unethical behavior (n.d,  2015). I do believe that law enforcement officers should always be held  to a higher standard, and I also believe if those standards are violated  with unethical behavior, the punishments should be more severe.