There are no changes that I would like to make on the IACP oath. This is because the oath stipulates clearly the importance of ethics in the current society and the generations to come. It has been established that that ethics is the greatest training and leadership need. The other thing is that the oath stipulates an equal treatment both of the officers and the citizens who break the law (Pollock, 2012).
In Finland, the police take their oath in accordance to their professional ethics. The police officers declare their oath upon their honor and conscience. On the other hand, in the IACP oath the officers declare their oath only upon their honor. The Finland police officers swear that they will respect the rights of all individuals while in the IACP oath the officers swear that they will protect and respect the constitution.
The media coverage of police officer corruption oversimplifies the ethical dilemmas that police officers face daily. This is because the police officers face a lot more ethical dilemmas in their line of duty. For example, when a police officer is invited to a party by a friend and on arriving at the party he realizes that the people present are using the illegal drugs like cocaine. The police officer is torn between betraying his ethics and keeping quite or disappointing his friend by arresting him for allowing illegal drugs in his house. Therefore, the ethical dilemma that police face is more than the media covers (Pollock, 2012).
Entitlement is the belief that permits the law implementation officers to vindicate and justify to themselves a conduct that is clearly intolerable. It has also been established that this behavior would permit enforcement action if involved in by members of the public at large.
` Many police departments ignore entitlement and focus more on other unethical behaviors during training. This is because they believe that those rules do not apply to them. The police officers claim that they are owed certain privileges in terms of their behavior (Pollock, 2012).
One of the solutions that my department can institute to ensure that officers understand the ethical dilemmas entitlement poses for the police department is to make sure that the officers go through an intensive training process. This will make sure that the ethics training real and feature intensive.
Pollock, J. M. (2012). Ethical dilemmas and decisions in criminal justice. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning.