Ethics and Code of Conduct

Assignment 1 Ethics and Code of Conduct

CRJ 220 Ethics and Leadership in Criminal Justice

Ethics & Integrity will be Important in Future Career Choice in Law Enforcement

Ethics are the morals that live by on a day to day, based on what the individual personal beliefs are determines if they display good or bad behavior. A persons’ ethics governs their actions through life personally and professionally. The career choice I intended to follow is Juvenile Probation. In my future career choice in law enforcement ethics and integrity will be important because I will be working with troubled children. For me to provide services and help the minor, I must show good behavior by always doing the right thing professionally and personally. By displaying good behavior, it provides a positive example for the minor to follow. Working with those who are in the juvenile court system, I will have to gain the minor’s trust for us to work together to help the minor exit out of the criminal justice system without becoming an adult offender.

Ethics, Morality, and Law Differ in Affecting Decisions of your Local Officers

Officers live, serve, and protect citizens with a higher standard of morals. As an officer, they must make affective decisions and remember that everyone does not have the same ethical background. Things like diversity is the biggest challenge that officer face, due to diversity the officer must determine if the action is illegal or simply unethical. Officers must be mindful of racial profiling, based on the history between races and how times have changed. Officers must also remember that the law is the law and everyone including themselves must abide by the law. Officers cannot apprehend someone for doing something unethical if it is not illegal

Officers Use Ethics, Morality, & Code of Conduct in Both Professionally & Personally

Law enforcement officers should use ethics, morality, and code of conduct in both their professional and personal lives in two ways: build the community and mentoring youth. Law enforcement officers are to show public trust personally and professionally. Being an officer of the law places a label on the those in the career field, by being label it has positive and negative results. Everything an officer does reflects what type of person the officer. Officers help build the community by gaining trust of the residents in the area they serve. If the community does not have some level of trust with the officer, it causes a conflict of interest making it difficult for the officer to fulfill their duties and destroy the community.


Ethics are rules of life that are taught through life to be used personally and professionally. It does not matter if you are an officer of the law or a regular person in the community we all have ethic and morals, that displays who we are as individuals. Although, officers are held to a higher standard compare to those who regular civilians.


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Williams, C. R., & Arrigo, B. A. (2012). Ethics crime and criminal justice (2nd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall / Pearson.

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