Principles of Ethics Reasoning

Principle of Ethical Reasoning

Scenario 1

If I see an officer who is drunk while at work and he happens to be an officer who is well respected by the supervisors, I would first identify what his problem really is. For an officer who has been in the force for long and has conducted himself professionally before, there is a likelihood that his being drunk on the specific day could be an indication of a problem. Ethical reasoning requires a serious consideration of the factors and concepts that relate to a situation. These considerations determines the kind of decisions that a person makes and how the specific decision affect the interpersonal relations and the professional conduct that is observed. I will therefore engage him identify his problem and help identify the issues involved. Even with the existing professional codes against drunk officers on shift, I will still consider helping the officer solve the underlying issues. After identifying the issues involved, I will help the officer obtain professional help from the counselor in order to ensure that he does not continue ruining his profession. I will also consult the supervisors and colleagues on the best possible course of action on the case and how the officer can be assisted to return to normalcy. With the consultation, I will explore the consequences of each action to be taken and make the decision on whether to officially report the officer or to assist him recover without involvement of the officials.





Scenario 2

If fellow officers are reportedly kicking and harassing a suspect who had escaped from the scene of an accident, I would consider using the Kant’s teaching on moral philosophy. According to Kant, the supreme principle of ethical decision making is the categorical Imperative. This refers to an objective and rationally necessary principle to follow wherever an action must be taken. The actions of the officers are, therefore, either rational or irrational depending on how they observe of violate the categorical imperative principle regardless of the natural desires and inclinations to do otherwise. In this case, I would consider the officers who have been in pursuit of a suspect for over fifty miles to be inclined naturally to physically punish the suspect in the way they do. However, I would still follow the law, which is very clear on this and there is an objective and rational way to deal with suspect under the law. I would stop the officers, and make them understand that however much their desires may be to kick and hit the suspect who has been a nuisance, they are under the law and this is irrational. I would base my action on this and report the incidence to the seniors for the appropriate actions to be taken.

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