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Rookie officers often emulate the actions of their field training officer. Therefore, why is it important to ensure we select the best field training officers in the organization?

Please consider the scenario,

Moral Weakness/Moral Courage

, found in the Lecture Notes for this Module: Week. How would you have handled this situation?

Please read I Timothy 4:8 and explain how this is relevant to strong, effective leadership in the criminal justice system.

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Book CJUS350: CRIMINAL JUSTICE

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Ethical Dilemmas and Decisions in Criminal Justice, 10th Edition

Joycelyn M. Pollock

Read ch 11 and 12

Read: Understanding Police Performance Under Stress: Insights From the Biopsychosocial Model of Challenge and Threat

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6696903/

CJUS 350
LECTURE NOTES: HANDLING CONFLICT
The subcultural constraints placed on police officers and corrections officers provide a fertile ground for
officer wrongdoing. It is suggested that most officers are ethical, honest, and do the right thing;
however, when faced with making decisions, the subcultural constraints play an integral part in the
decision making process. As part of your reading for this session, pay close attention to the examples of
the subcultural constraints.
The Moral Struggle and the Potential Cost: Moral Conflict Can Make You Sick.
An officer’s sense of well-being or self-esteem can be positively or adversely affected by how he
responds to moral struggles. Officers know what the right thing to do is in most situations. The purpose
of ethics training, then, rather than being an attempt to determine what is right and what is wrong, may
be an attempt to help officers with their struggles when they experience personal moral conflict, either
when working alone or in their colleague group.
There is a link between how an officer handles moral conflicts and the stress an officer can subsequently
experience.
Moral Weakness/Moral Courage
The following story was relayed from a police officer’s personal experience:
“In 1993, I witnessed a veteran officer exercise excessive force in an arrest situation that resulted in the
suspect being injured. I did not say anything about what I had witnessed. For 3 days, I did not sleep, and
I was sick to my stomach. On the fourth day, I confronted this officer with my situation. He smiled at
me, and took me to the office of the Deputy Chief of Police. This officer advised the Deputy Chief that
he had stomped a handcuffed prisoner for calling him a racial epitaph. He stated that I had witnessed this
incident and that I was deeply troubled with the incident. The Deputy Chief of Police handled the
situation properly; however, I did not. I should have reported my observations immediately. I knew what
was the right thing to do was; however, I succumbed to the subculture of my profession. The stress I
endured was immeasurable. I later discussed this situation with the veteran officer. He told me I should
have reported him if I felt it was the right thing to do. He stated if this situation occurred again today, he
would react in the same fashion.”
Some of the adverse affects of such stress include the following:
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Persistent irritability
Relationship breakdown
Alcoholism
Tarnishing of reputation
Loss of colleague respect
Loss of job
High blood pressure
High cholesterol
Depression / anxiety

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