|Ethics Training For
|Quality & Excellence In Criminal Justice Training
This course comes in an 8 and 16 hour format. It is presented using dynamic lecture,
student manuals, handout materials, videos, class demonstrations, student exercises
and student presentations. Upon successful completion of this course, students are
awarded a certificate “Ethics Training For Law Enforcement.”
What is ethics in law enforcement? It is doing the right thing in spite of pressure to do
otherwise. Law enforcement officers have tremendous power over people and
situations. The opportunity to take advantage of others, to act out with impunity and
disregard to the law and others is within their discretion. They are motivated by law
breakers, drug dealers, and other criminals that go free by shrouding themselves in a
technicality of the law. In an effort to do right the officer does wrong, thinking the end
justifies the means. The officer on the scene must make a split second decision to
take action. An action which may be the taking of another’s life or perhaps to deliver
punishment in spite of rules to the contrary. Decisions to lie or not to lie must be made
when it comes to protecting illegally obtained evidence or testimony, or to cover for a
fellow officer who meant to do right but did wrong. These are the ethical dilemmas that
officers must face more than once in their career. The wrong decision can cost a
person their life, can cost an officer’s job, destroy a department’s reputation or result in
the burning of a neighborhood. The costs are measured in money, lives, reputations
and grieving widows.
How do we confront these ethical dilemmas, make the proper decision and prevent the
disastrous results from the wrong decision? We do it by training. Training to make
sound ethical decisions when confronted with ethical dilemmas. Training that starts at
the top of the management pyramid and works its way to the rank and file.
This training course “Ethics For Law Enforcement”, is designed to provide that training
necessary to meet the agency’s ethics training needs.
|A Need For Training
According to a survey by the directors of Peace Officer Standards and Training
Commissions and Councils across the United States, between 1990 and 1995, 3,382
law enforcement officers were disciplined. Of the 3,382 officers 2,296 (59.1%) were
decertified. The average officer was 32 years old with 5 to 10 years experience. These
statistics tell us that the ethics training received in basic training is not enough. Ethics
training is a continuous process from the basic academy,
through FTO and throughout our career.
This Course Is
8 & 16 Hours
This course will Inform the student about need for better on the job ethics. It Identifies
the effects of poor ethics and reviews real cases of ethical misconduct that made
national media attention.
It introduces ethical theories, and the law enforcement code of ethics as defined by the
International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).
The course will discuss integrity, factors that defeat ethical behavior, psychological types
that lack integrity, and core values needed by law enforcement officers.
This course will present ethical dilemmas and training to deal with ethical problems.
It will cover how to identify the warning signs of ethical problems
and how to deal with them.
The course will cover the liability that accompanies poor ethical training
and how to prevent against it.
This course will discuss the effects of social networking
on the ethics of law enforcement. It will cover actual cases
and how to prevent mishaps created by social networking.