Employees of law enforcement agencies are expected to practice ethical conduct in both their personal lives and professional lives. Overall, the law enforcement industry hires men and women who meet the ethical expectations of society. However, there is a need to address the ethical conduct of the organizations for which the individuals spend a lifetime working. The expectations of an organization for its employees to act in an ethical manner must be reinforced with the ethical actions of the organization itself. Without reinforcement from the organization practicing ethical conduct, an employee may be less inclined to operate in an ethical manner. Fortunately, most law enforcement officers will conduct themselves in an ethical manner irrespective of the ethical conduct of their organization. However, some employees may use the unethical practices of an organization to justify their own unethical behaviors. Recognizing the impact of ethical conduct expectations for the individual and the organization allows manager to further develop the ethical practices internally and externally for its public safety personnel.
Other Webinars in this Series:
- June 17: Motivation and Meaning for Law Enforcement Personnel
- Sept 1: The Connection between Personal & Organizational Ethics (this webinar)
The National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) is one of the largest associations of law enforcement professionals in the United States, representing more than 3,000 elected sheriffs across the nation, and a total membership of more than 20,000. NSA is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising the level of professionalism among sheriffs, their deputies, and others in the field of criminal justice and public safety. Throughout its seventy-seven year history, NSA has served as an information clearinghouse for sheriffs, deputies, chiefs of police, other law enforcement professionals, state governments and the federal government.