Ethics And The Ethical Behavior

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Ethics is a branch of philosophy that, at its core, seeks to understand and to determine how human actions are judged right or wrong. Those thought to be ethical are described in terms of their honesty, integrity and good character. For these reasons, personal ethics are said to be our foundation and, as such, often influence how we administer ethical codes of conduct in carrying out our organizational duties. While attempting to arrive at appropriate ethical decisions, it is helpful that police officers possess the capacity to exercise moral imagination. Moral imagination provides the ability to identify and assess alternatives and to effectively weigh the consequences when attempting to address issues that present ethical dilemmas. Similarly, the importance of exemplary leadership, professionally and personally, characteristics that Cooper describes as “integral and indistinguishable parts of the self” (Luke & Hart, 2000), is critical to encouraging ethical behavior in police organizations. Leaders should be actively involved in their organizations and set the tone for its ethical behavior just as parents set the tone for the ethical behavior of their children and in a manner the family unit is to be perceived by others. Leaders who are only concerned with profits, pleasing stakeholders, or elected officials, will often find themselves in various ethical dilemmas. Furthermore, the outcomes of unethical decisions can have a major impact on the lives of individuals that are not even aware and have no input on the outcome. A major portion of law enforcement officers are honest, hardworking and have a commitment to serving the public with integrity and the highest standards of ethical behavior; they hold the public trust as sacred.... ... middle of paper ... ...untability, transparency, efficiency and effective government. The culture of every organization is set by its governance of power. Stemming largely from its culture, a department’s foundation is built on a shared valued and is reflected in its shared values, which, is an expression of its ethics, beliefs and the motives of individual members, as well as the trust and reputation of individuals and the department as a whole. This shared value system can produce a mindset that causes them to operate in ways that are consistent with the values of the organization but may be outside of their personal norms. An organizations culture has two significant factors: One is based on decisions and behaviors which have a way of controlling an organization and the second is that these decisions and behaviors can and will influence the managers themselves (Hill & Lynn, Jr., 2009).
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