LawEnforcement Code of Ethics
LawEnforcement Code of Ethics
Thereis a different punishment for each crime, and it should be equated tothe level of crime committed if convicted. Depending on the rules ofa country and the laws, each of the crimes needs to be differentiatedthrough the jail term or other form of punishment that is handed tothe convicts. The best punishment for any crime committed by a personshould be imprisonment. In this case, if a person committed burglary,murder or embezzlement the best punishment would be imprisonment. Ina different perspective, I would rather get the 50 lashes as opposedto a year in prison since I would lose a lot of time in prison in theprocess. Corporal punishment should not be allowed in punishingcriminal offenders since there is no rehabilitation process thatwould be given and the probability of repeat offenders would increasesignificantly (Cawthray ,Prenzler and Porter, 2013). There areconditions or situations where people are treated on the principle ofwho they are and the jail term or form of imprisonment given to themis not similar to others in the society. The rule of law should applyequally to all, and this should not be the case no matter theposition or office that one holds.
Inthe two cases that have been identified, there is a breach of ethicalconduct in the second case since the US officers take the law intotheir own hands showing unethical behavior in the methods used(Cawthray et al. 2013). The end does not justify the means, andproper channels should be used to encourage other countries torespect the rule of law and the same thing not to happen to Americancitizens in future.
Traditionalethics was on the principle that a criminal offender had to beconvicted and the government had to go through all the processesnecessary to make this happen. The might of the country, as well asresources, were the parameters used to assess the ethical bearing ofa decision as well as the crime committed (Cawthray et al., 2013). Incontemporary ethical models, each country has its own set of rulesthat should be followed by the law enforcement agencies and countriesno matter the crime committed. It is important for each country torespect the rule of law in other countries and appropriate the bestethical standards to be advanced the same by other countries.
Discretionis necessary for law enforcement as it ensures that the country isgiven a chance to develop the best principles and means necessary forchange in different countries. Discretion is pertinent in monitoringthe level of control and giving each member country a good frameworknecessary in calling to ask other countries and appropriating theimportant aspects that have been identified in the world accordingly.Ethical standards should be followed when sharing information andsafeguarding critical information between government agencies(Cawthray et.al. 2013). Sensitive information needs to be safeguardedand secretively shared to ensure that other individual agencies andcountries advanced the same means and information sharing methodsthat have been advanced. Information also needs to be analyzedeffectively to understand the underpinnings and ramifications that itcould have on the society. It is important to ensure that informationshared is assessed and properly evaluated before making acting on itsince it can have negative repercussions if not shared and assessedappropriately. In conclusion, a country should have a law enforcementcode of ethics to ensure that justice is served equally. EveryCountry should observe and respect the laws that another state hasconcerning different types of crimes
Cawthray,T., Prenzler, T., & Porter, L. E. (2013). Updating InternationalLaw Enforcement Ethics: International Codes of Conduct. CriminalJustice Ethics, 32(3),187-209.