Friday, July 26, 2013

Ethics

 
 
A police officer has been accused of soliciting prostitutes, one of whom may have been underage.  He was involved in a fight over a woman, and he was stopped for drunk driving, waving a gun around and eventually fired over that incident.  He was later re-hired.  Somewhere along the line he was even promoted to sergeant.
 
Officers who participate in activities that would have stopped them from being hired in the first place, generally should not continue their employment with an agency.  I wonder about the drunk driving arrest.  The article does not say if he was convicted or not.  I would think that if he was convicted he should have been fired and not re-hired.  I would certainly not hire new officers with a drunk driving conviction.
 
This officer seems to have impulse control issues.  This is a terrible trait for a police officer who often has to act quickly and often has to act alone.  It may lead to officers using excessive force or arresting people who have committed either no crime or who were egged on into committing crimes they otherwise might not have done.  Agencies need to be careful who they hire and who they retain; that's what the SGT Says.

2 comments:

Bob G. said...

Sarge:
Yeah, as thorough as the hiring process can be, sometimes a couple manage to get past the extensive psych evals...
Hopefully, a department can weed THOSE out soon enough after they hit the streets.
Everyone eventually slips up.

Carry on & roll safe out there.

Mike Creek said...

I think the best one to administer a psych test is an ex cop who knows what it's like on the street.
Bunkermeister