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Moral Behaviour in the Police Force

You have been asked by your lieutenant to write a report using his notes on a case. Although there is a great deal of paperwork marked "Confidential," he told you to only write the report based on what was in the blue folder. As you are writing the report, you opened the other folders in the packet and noticed that some information was left out?information that could implicate another officer in the field. The officer in the field is your lieutenant's brother, who is a major in the city's police department. You start to think that there may be a cover-up going on.

Should you do exactly what was asked of you, or should you approach the lieutenant's supervisor?
What are the implications of writing the report as asked?
What are the implications of approaching your lieutenant's supervisor?
What are the implications of the actions or nonactions in this situation that can impact your job status, other parties involved, and the community?
Incorporate theoretical concepts to associate this scenario with morality, ethics, and specific behaviors that influence the consequences (good or bad) associated with moral and immoral behaviors.

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Should you do exactly what was asked of you, or should you approach the lieutenant's supervisor?

You should immediately contact the lieutenant?s supervisor and other city officials because it could be a systemic cover-up reaching the very top of the department. Cover-ups are an affront against the public?s trust.

What are the implications of writing the report as asked?

The implications are that a major cover-up would be exposed, crooked cops would be arrested and barred from the force; and justice and trust for the public would be upheld.

What are the implications of approaching your ...

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