assignment 712

Part1 Module 02 Discussion – Be Careful Where You Look

Our textbook reading and learning module discusses the prevalence of unethical policing in the law enforcement profession. Research the internet and find an example of an officer acting unethically through the use of computers and/or law enforcement databases. Your research can be in the form of a newspaper article, news video clip, or another type of video (e.g. YouTube).

Initial Post: Give a brief summary of the example you researched on the internet. Discuss why you feel that the law enforcement officer’s actions were deemed unethical. What department policies might help reduce the unethical use of computers and databases in law enforcement agencies? Please include information on how to find your example on the internet in the event that other students want to read the article or view the video.

In your initial post, you will be required to cite a minimum of one professional source of information.

Response Post: When responding to your peers, provide an analysis of their example. Do you agree that the example they provided, is an example of unethical behavior by a law enforcement officer? Given the scenario, what could the law enforcement officer have done to act responsibly and ethically in their use of computers?

Due dates for your initial and response posts can be found by checking the Course Syllabus and Course Calendar.

Part 2 Module 02 One Tough Cookie

Read and consider the following scenario: You are a law enforcement officer investigating a burglary at a residence. The homeowners are concerned as it appears that while they were out, someone entered their garage and home by kicking open their service door. Several electronic items were taken including a flat screen television, jewelry, and cash. You spend a significant amount of time on the case taking finger prints, talking to neighbors in the area, and running the items into the pawn system. You later find that the neighbor’s adult son broke into the residence and pawned several of the stolen items. You send the case in for formal charges and the neighbor ensures you that their son has moved out and will not return.

During the investigation, you have ongoing contact with the victims, a married couple in their 60’s. They continue you to thank you for your efforts and diligence with the case. After charging the suspect, you go back to the residence one last time to provide a status with the case and provide some closure. After talking with them, the wife tells you that she baked cookies for you and was planning on dropping them off at your office. Your department has a policy prohibiting officers from taking any discounts, gifts, gratuities, etc. You politely decline the cookies and when you do, she appears upset and disappointed.

As you drive away, you can hear her husband yelling. In your rear-view mirror, you see him running after your squad car. In his hand, he is holding a large container holding the cookies his wife baked for you. You stop and roll down your window. The husband says, “my wife baked these for you, please take them as a token of our appreciation.”

In a 2 page paper research and discuss the following:

In Module 01, we discussed steps that can be used to guide law enforcement officers in analyzing an ethical dilemma. Based on these ethical steps, apply and discuss how these steps might assist you in responding to this situation.

What different options do you have in responding to this ethical dilemma?

Discuss the implications associated with first, not taking the cookies, and second, with taking the cookies. What possible resolutions might you propose?

Your essay should incorporate a minimum of one scholarly resource from the Rasmussen online library or credible internet source, such as a government website or professional organization.

Submit your completed assignment by following the directions linked below. Please check the Course Calendar for specific due dates.

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