Ethics training in law enforcement agencies
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Citation of Original PublicationWyatt-Nichol, H. & Franks, G. (2009). Ethics training in law enforcement agencies.Public Integrity, 12(1), 39-50.
Professional organizations in the law enforcement community have brought attention to the importance of ethics training. Many police chiefs believe that it reinforces the mission of the organization, adherence to policy and procedures, and the ability to resolve moral dilemmas. This article examines ethics training among police chiefs throughout the United States. The frequency of training, content, and instruction, as well as perceptions of the value of ethics training, are addressed. Results indicate that preservice ethics training among recruits is typically four hours or less. The content of instruction includes a variety of tools representing a student-centered approach. There is a perception among chiefs that ethics instruction is worthwhile and should be offered throughout an officer's career regardless of rank.