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Ethical Decision Making


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Final Presentation by Scott Campbell and Duncan Sutherland in the Aboriginal Mentoring Program Pilot 2008

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Ethical Decision Making

  1. 1. Ethical Decision Making <ul><li>What not to do when working for an agency that has high level access to restricted private and confidential information. </li></ul>
  2. 2. Phone enquiry <ul><li>In January Simon received a phone call from his Aunty Ronda. Ronda was concerned that the police had failed to keep her informed about the progression of the investigation into her sister Mary’s murder. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Corrupt cop <ul><li>Ronda explained to Simon that she also has a suspicion that a local police officer Doug Scott may be involved with the murder of Mary and tampered with police records and evidence. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Make a complaint <ul><li>When Simon received the call from Ronda he immediately requested she make a formal complaint in writing and fax it directly to him. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Conflict of interest <ul><li>When Simon received the complaint he considered taking the complaint to his supervisor Tony and declaring a conflict of interest, however Simon thought it would be better to not declare a conflict and allocate the complaint to him. By doing this allowed Simon to monitor the complaint and receive access to restricted police records. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Monitoring the complaint <ul><li>Simon monitored the complaint investigation and found that police could have better dealt with the murder investigation by keeping Ronda and her family informed on a regular basis. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Complaint outcome <ul><li>Simon recommended that due to the murder investigation lacking commitment from local police the case should be escalated to the Police Force’s Cold Case Squad for a thorough revision of the case by a team of extremely experienced crime investigators. </li></ul>
  8. 8. “ Not happy Jan” <ul><li>Simon Aunty Ronda contacted Simon and told him that she was not satisfied with the complaint outcome. Simon advised his Aunty that there was nothing further that he could do because the complaint was finished. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Caught red handed! <ul><li>Ronda phoned Simon’s supervisor Tony and discussed the entire situation with him. During Ronda and Tony’s conversation Tony realised that Simon had not declared a conflict of interest and that this issue would need to be discussed with Simon and Tony’s CEO Donald. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Simon gets the sack <ul><li>Tony discusses the situation with Simon were Simon apologised and came clean about the entire situation. Simon explained that he wanted to do the right thing by his Family. Tony advised Simon that he would need to discuss the situation with his boss Donald. Tony and Donald discussed the problem and decided that Simon must be dismissed for his misconduct. Simon accepted this decision however prior to his dismissal Simon resigned from the agency to avoid further embarrassment. </li></ul><ul><li>THE END </li></ul>