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Ethical issues in law enforcement

Part of the responsibility of any law enforcement organization is to effectively address ethical dilemmas. Often during these investigations, it is discovered that other outside organizations must be consulted or brought into the investigation because their own investigation may fall into the jurisdiction of other law enforcement organizations. This can be both a positive situation, as additional resources can be used that would not normally be available to a local law enforcement organization, or negative if too many hands in the investigation cause major confusion to arise regarding who is responsible for what part of the investigation. Not all law enforcement organizations may have the same focus or goals in the investigation. Please respond to the following:

- What are the major ethical dilemmas facing a local law enforcement department.
- Discuss how you would resolve these ethical dilemmas? Be sure to highlight the major factors that you considered in reaching your solution.
- What are some of the ethical challenges that might occur within an organization, and how can these best be managed or minimized?
- Give an example of a case with a successful or unsuccessful investigation that involved several law enforcement organizations. Why was this case successful or unsuccessful?

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What are the major ethical dilemmas facing a local law enforcement department.

The major ethical dilemmas are ensuring that police officers and the department issue out fair and equal justice to all citizens and respect the right of not only victims but of criminals as well. This is the primary ethical dilemma for local law enforcement.

Discuss how you would resolve these ethical dilemmas? Be sure to highlight the major factors that you considered in reaching your solution.

Hiring officers that can be vetted to the best of the department's capabilities is one strategy to employ. The use of training ...

Solution Summary

The ethical issues in law enforcement are analyzed. The ethical challenges which might occur within an organization and how these can be managed or minimized is given.

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