Ethics and Integrity Dr. Laura B. Myers Developer and Facilitator College of Criminal Justice Sam Houston State University
5 Goals for Exploring Ethics <ul><li>Become more aware and open to moral and ethical issues. </li></ul><ul><li>Begin devel...
5 Goals for Exploring Ethics <ul><li>Understand how criminal justice is engaged in a process of coercion. </li></ul><ul><l...
3 Contexts for Understanding Justice, Crime and Ethics <ul><li>Personal </li></ul><ul><li>Social </li></ul><ul><li>Crimina...
What Is Ethics? <ul><li>Knowing the difference between right and wrong </li></ul><ul><li>Deciding to do the right thing un...
The Slippery Slope <ul><li>Contingencies </li></ul><ul><li>Moral Experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Apologia </li></ul><ul><li>...
The Resolution... <ul><li>Training </li></ul><ul><li>Modeling </li></ul><ul><li>Reinforcement </li></ul><ul><li>Use of rea...
Becoming a Police Officer <ul><li>Choice to become a police officer. </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction to policing. </li></ul...
The Reality of Law Enforcement <ul><li>Discretion </li></ul><ul><li>Low-visibility discretionary decision making </li></ul...
An Ethical Crisis <ul><li>Misuse of funds </li></ul><ul><li>Abuses of authority </li></ul><ul><li>Winning at all costs </l...
More Examples  <ul><li>Political leaders </li></ul><ul><li>Lawyers </li></ul><ul><li>Law enforcement officers </li></ul><u...
The Integrity Image <ul><li>Role models? </li></ul><ul><li>Commitment </li></ul><ul><li>Trust </li></ul><ul><li>Karma </li...
Workplace Impact <ul><li>Decrease in morale </li></ul><ul><li>Breakdown in chain of command </li></ul><ul><li>Burn-out </l...
Perceptions <ul><li>The role of law enforcement. </li></ul><ul><li>Crime control </li></ul><ul><li>Due process </li></ul><...
Individual Impact <ul><li>Not efficient </li></ul><ul><li>An organizational liability </li></ul><ul><li>Not a team player ...
The Institutions that Teach Values & Morals <ul><li>Family </li></ul><ul><li>School </li></ul><ul><li>Church </li></ul><ul...
An Ethical Population? <ul><li>Cheating in school </li></ul><ul><li>Cheating in sports </li></ul><ul><li>Cheating in busin...
Ethical Conflict Resolution? <ul><li>The Golden Rule </li></ul><ul><li>Recognizing differences </li></ul><ul><li>Recognizi...
Can We Improve? <ul><li>Is it possible to teach people values and morals? </li></ul><ul><li>What if they already know what...
Tools People Can Use
Remembering Character <ul><li>What is character? </li></ul><ul><li>How can it be used in law enforcement? </li></ul><ul><l...
The Six Pillars of Character
[1] Trustworthiness <ul><li>Honesty </li></ul><ul><li>Integrity </li></ul><ul><li>Promise keeping </li></ul><ul><li>Loyalt...
[2] Respect
[3] Responsibility <ul><li>Accountability </li></ul><ul><li>Pursuit of excellence </li></ul><ul><li>Self-restraint </li></ul>
[4] Justice and Fairness
[5] Caring
[6] Civic Virtue and Citizenship
Moral Development <ul><li>Premoral Level </li></ul><ul><li>Conventional Level </li></ul><ul><li>Post-Conventional Level </...
Character and Decision-making <ul><li>The greatest good </li></ul><ul><li>Duty </li></ul><ul><li>Karma </li></ul><ul><li>C...
An Ethics Check <ul><li>Is it legal? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it balanced? </li></ul><ul><li>How will it make me feel about my...
Inner Strength <ul><li>Living by principles </li></ul><ul><li>Acting consistently </li></ul><ul><li>Striving to be fair </...
The Five P's of Ethical Power
The Five Principles <ul><li>Purpose </li></ul><ul><li>Pride </li></ul><ul><li>Patience </li></ul><ul><li>Persistence </li>...
Principles of  a Morally Good Person <ul><li>Just </li></ul><ul><li>Truthful </li></ul><ul><li>Trustworthy </li></ul><ul><...
In the Workplace <ul><li>Application of law </li></ul><ul><li>Use of authority </li></ul><ul><li>Due Process </li></ul><ul...
Pressures in the Workplace <ul><li>Productivity </li></ul><ul><li>Solving a bad problem during a crisis </li></ul><ul><li>...
Inner Strength <ul><li>Practice </li></ul><ul><li>Seek advice </li></ul><ul><li>Realize this will not be easy </li></ul><u...
Outer Strength <ul><li>An organizational value </li></ul><ul><li>Walk the walk, talk the talk </li></ul><ul><li>Training <...
The Reality of Law Enforcement Ethics
Dr. Laura B. Myers College of Criminal Justice Sam Houston State University Huntsville, Texas  77341 (409) 294-1654 THE END
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    1. 1. Ethics and Integrity Dr. Laura B. Myers Developer and Facilitator College of Criminal Justice Sam Houston State University
    2. 2. 5 Goals for Exploring Ethics <ul><li>Become more aware and open to moral and ethical issues. </li></ul><ul><li>Begin developing critical thinking and analytical skills. </li></ul><ul><li>Become more personally responsible. </li></ul>
    3. 3. 5 Goals for Exploring Ethics <ul><li>Understand how criminal justice is engaged in a process of coercion. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop wholesight. </li></ul>
    4. 4. 3 Contexts for Understanding Justice, Crime and Ethics <ul><li>Personal </li></ul><ul><li>Social </li></ul><ul><li>Criminal Justice </li></ul>
    5. 5. What Is Ethics? <ul><li>Knowing the difference between right and wrong </li></ul><ul><li>Deciding to do the right thing under pressure </li></ul><ul><li>Assume people are trying to do their best </li></ul><ul><li>Ethical issues are not clear-cut </li></ul>
    6. 6. The Slippery Slope <ul><li>Contingencies </li></ul><ul><li>Moral Experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Apologia </li></ul><ul><li>Stages </li></ul>
    7. 7. The Resolution... <ul><li>Training </li></ul><ul><li>Modeling </li></ul><ul><li>Reinforcement </li></ul><ul><li>Use of reality </li></ul>
    8. 8. Becoming a Police Officer <ul><li>Choice to become a police officer. </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction to policing. </li></ul><ul><li>Encountering the reality. </li></ul><ul><li>The metamorphosis. </li></ul>
    9. 9. The Reality of Law Enforcement <ul><li>Discretion </li></ul><ul><li>Low-visibility discretionary decision making </li></ul><ul><li>Numerous laws, rules, and policies </li></ul><ul><li>Threats to safety </li></ul><ul><li>Authority </li></ul>
    10. 10. An Ethical Crisis <ul><li>Misuse of funds </li></ul><ul><li>Abuses of authority </li></ul><ul><li>Winning at all costs </li></ul><ul><li>Using people as a means to an end </li></ul><ul><li>Making ourselves an exception </li></ul><ul><li>Not recognizing an ethical trap </li></ul>
    11. 11. More Examples <ul><li>Political leaders </li></ul><ul><li>Lawyers </li></ul><ul><li>Law enforcement officers </li></ul><ul><li>Clergy </li></ul><ul><li>Medical doctors </li></ul><ul><li>Others? </li></ul>
    12. 12. The Integrity Image <ul><li>Role models? </li></ul><ul><li>Commitment </li></ul><ul><li>Trust </li></ul><ul><li>Karma </li></ul><ul><li>Do these things exist in law enforcement? </li></ul>
    13. 13. Workplace Impact <ul><li>Decrease in morale </li></ul><ul><li>Breakdown in chain of command </li></ul><ul><li>Burn-out </li></ul><ul><li>Grievances & lawsuits </li></ul><ul><li>Loss of productivity </li></ul><ul><li>Damage to image & reputation </li></ul>
    14. 14. Perceptions <ul><li>The role of law enforcement. </li></ul><ul><li>Crime control </li></ul><ul><li>Due process </li></ul><ul><li>Public opinion </li></ul>
    15. 15. Individual Impact <ul><li>Not efficient </li></ul><ul><li>An organizational liability </li></ul><ul><li>Not a team player </li></ul><ul><li>Damage to career </li></ul><ul><li>Damage to future </li></ul><ul><li>Unfit role model </li></ul>
    16. 16. The Institutions that Teach Values & Morals <ul><li>Family </li></ul><ul><li>School </li></ul><ul><li>Church </li></ul><ul><li>Media </li></ul><ul><li>Do people recognize these influences on their choices? </li></ul>
    17. 17. An Ethical Population? <ul><li>Cheating in school </li></ul><ul><li>Cheating in sports </li></ul><ul><li>Cheating in business </li></ul>
    18. 18. Ethical Conflict Resolution? <ul><li>The Golden Rule </li></ul><ul><li>Recognizing differences </li></ul><ul><li>Recognizing human feelings </li></ul><ul><li>Recognizing the sanctity of human life </li></ul>
    19. 19. Can We Improve? <ul><li>Is it possible to teach people values and morals? </li></ul><ul><li>What if they already know what is right and wrong? </li></ul><ul><li>Need to teach people how to recognize the trap of an ethical dilemma </li></ul>
    20. 20. Tools People Can Use
    21. 21. Remembering Character <ul><li>What is character? </li></ul><ul><li>How can it be used in law enforcement? </li></ul><ul><li>Being conscious of character </li></ul>
    22. 22. The Six Pillars of Character
    23. 23. [1] Trustworthiness <ul><li>Honesty </li></ul><ul><li>Integrity </li></ul><ul><li>Promise keeping </li></ul><ul><li>Loyalty </li></ul>
    24. 24. [2] Respect
    25. 25. [3] Responsibility <ul><li>Accountability </li></ul><ul><li>Pursuit of excellence </li></ul><ul><li>Self-restraint </li></ul>
    26. 26. [4] Justice and Fairness
    27. 27. [5] Caring
    28. 28. [6] Civic Virtue and Citizenship
    29. 29. Moral Development <ul><li>Premoral Level </li></ul><ul><li>Conventional Level </li></ul><ul><li>Post-Conventional Level </li></ul>
    30. 30. Character and Decision-making <ul><li>The greatest good </li></ul><ul><li>Duty </li></ul><ul><li>Karma </li></ul><ul><li>Caring </li></ul><ul><li>Being mindful </li></ul><ul><li>That inner voice </li></ul><ul><li>An Ethics Check </li></ul>
    31. 31. An Ethics Check <ul><li>Is it legal? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it balanced? </li></ul><ul><li>How will it make me feel about myself? </li></ul>
    32. 32. Inner Strength <ul><li>Living by principles </li></ul><ul><li>Acting consistently </li></ul><ul><li>Striving to be fair </li></ul>
    33. 33. The Five P's of Ethical Power
    34. 34. The Five Principles <ul><li>Purpose </li></ul><ul><li>Pride </li></ul><ul><li>Patience </li></ul><ul><li>Persistence </li></ul><ul><li>Perspective </li></ul>
    35. 35. Principles of a Morally Good Person <ul><li>Just </li></ul><ul><li>Truthful </li></ul><ul><li>Trustworthy </li></ul><ul><li>Moral courage </li></ul><ul><li>Moral autonomy </li></ul><ul><li>Benevolence </li></ul>
    36. 36. In the Workplace <ul><li>Application of law </li></ul><ul><li>Use of authority </li></ul><ul><li>Due Process </li></ul><ul><li>Meeting your goals… </li></ul><ul><li>Humans have intrinsic value </li></ul>
    37. 37. Pressures in the Workplace <ul><li>Productivity </li></ul><ul><li>Solving a bad problem during a crisis </li></ul><ul><li>Doing your job </li></ul>
    38. 38. Inner Strength <ul><li>Practice </li></ul><ul><li>Seek advice </li></ul><ul><li>Realize this will not be easy </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t take yourself for granted </li></ul>
    39. 39. Outer Strength <ul><li>An organizational value </li></ul><ul><li>Walk the walk, talk the talk </li></ul><ul><li>Training </li></ul><ul><li>Modeling </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Nip it in the bud </li></ul>
    40. 40. The Reality of Law Enforcement Ethics
    41. 41. Dr. Laura B. Myers College of Criminal Justice Sam Houston State University Huntsville, Texas 77341 (409) 294-1654 THE END
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