Law Enforcement Ethics Cases

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Scenario #2
You are a 14-year veteran at your police department and recently scored third on a promotional test. Your good friend, with only 11 years on the job, scored first on the test. Your friend is a good officer with a promising future but has had some problems in the past few years. After having back surgery, your friend developed a dependency on pain medication that ultimately got him suspended, and he went through a treatment program to get clean. Now, more than a year and a half later, he seems to be back on track; the sky is the limit for his career. Your friend asks to borrow your cell phone for his shift because he forgot his at home and needs to make some important calls that he cannot use the city phones for. Since you are coming off a midnight shift and have to be back for overtime in eight hours, you see no reason why you would need your phone as you are going home to sleep; you let him have it for the shift. When you return to work for your overtime shift, you get your phone back. A couple of hours later, you receive a text message asking if you still want to meet up. You do not recognize the number, but you are curious and reply back that you will. The next text you receive is a list of pain medications and prices, and mentions your friend by name when the sender says to give him a call. You recognize that if your friend is involved in another internal investigation where there is potential illegal activity, he could lose his job.

As a police officer I took an oath called: "LAW ENFORCEMENT CODE OF ETHICS: As a law enforcement officer, my fundamental duty is to serve mankind; to safeguard lives and property; to protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation, and the peac...

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...lways uphold the constitution to my community and the agency I serve." (International Association of Chiefs of Police, 2013)

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International Association of Chiefs of Police. (2013). Retrieved from What is the Law Enforcement Oath of Honor?:
LAW ENFORCEMENT CODE OF ETHICS . (2009, January 19). Retrieved from Department of Public Safety (DPS):
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