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    Police Officers: Financial Gains

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    I need help with some ideas so I can write a memorandum to the deputy police chief regarding the following scenario and what actions to take to address the issues identified.

    Scenario: You have become aware that some officers in the department are using their badge and identification to receive free or discounted food and drinks at various establishments in and near your community. There are rules and regulations that regulate and prohibit officers from using their official capacity as police officers for financial gain. However, you are also aware that this is a long-standing practice and is widespread across the department including some officers in command positions. There have been no complaints from the public that have been brought forward that you are aware of, but you believe that this ethical problem undermines the reputation of the department and its officers.

    Please address the following critical elements.
    1. Identify the ethical dilemma presented.
    2. What implications may this have on the police department as a whole?
    3. What ethical concerns are there for the community in this situation? Why is it important to address this issue?
    4. Propose how you would deal with this situation and what preventive steps you would take to ensure this does not occur again.
    5. Articulate how the preventive steps you would take impact the performance of the police officers and improve their ability to address the problem and work more effectively.

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    Step 1
    Ethical dilemma presented is that some officers in the department are using their badge and identification to get discounted food and drinks at various establishments. This is regulated and prohibited by rules and regulation. However, this is a long standing practice and is widespread across the department. The dilemma is that even though the rules do not allow officers from using their official capacity for financial gains, it is a practice that officers receive discounted food and drinks at different establishments in and near the community. From the deontological ethical perspective it is the duty of every officer to follow the rules and regulations and not receive free or discounted food and drinks. If they receive discounted food and drinks they violate their duty.

    Step 2
    The implications this may have on the police department as a whole will be to reduce its motivation to enforce the law. If the police officers are violating regulations, they will be reluctant to enforce the law especially against ...

    Solution Summary

    This solution explains the importance of rules and regulations that prevent police officers from making financial gains. The sources used are also included in the solution.

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