Officers are faced with moral decisions everyday on and off duty. It is ultimately, up to the person who is faced to make the choice between right and wrong. “Even if a man is answerable only to his conscience, he will answer more responsibly if he is compelled to articulate principles on which he acts.” stated by Lon L. Fuller (1975). We were given a few scenarios to apply this saying to and the following are my opinions that I have regarding them.
The Drugs at a Friend’s House scenario is a constant issue to most officers. Many officers want to go out with the same people or friends that they have had prior to the force. However, a lot has changed in the officer. Some will turn a blind eye and the others …show more content…
When you place your right hand up and take the oath to serve and protect that is what you should always do when you are an officer. I realize that it is easier said than done. When you became a police officer to help people in need, help in getting crime off of the streets and clean up your city. Why would your ignorance and immorality get in the way? I believe that you should live by the laws and codes that you swore upon. It is just like being in the military, you raise you right hand to defend the constitution and the United States from enemies foreign and domestic. Soldiers live by the Army Values; Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage. I believe law enforcement also hold core values to live by. Pennsylvania State Police values are almost the same as the US Army. They are, in order, Honor, Service, Integrity, Respect, Trust, Courage, and Duty. If an officer live by these rules or values then the will be a “Good Officer”.
Source: Lon L. Fuller, The Morality of Law (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1975), p.