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1 JUS 455 Final JUS 455 Final Paige Redman Southern New Hampshire University
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2 JUS 455 Final In scenario number two I am a police officer who was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident where a single vehicle struck a tree. When I arrive on scene I approach the vehicle in which I recognize the driver to be the mayor of our town. I then recognize signs of intoxication including the smell of alcohol on his breath, slurred speech, and lethargy. The mayor is uninjured and tells me that he swerved to miss a dog. When I question the mayor if he had been drinking he stated he was at a retirement dinner and had a single glass of wine. The mayor requests a police report to be done and to give him a ride home. After being concerned that he is actually impaired he assures that he is not and will not tell anyone if I don’t tell anyone. The ethical dilemma in this situation is I am unsure how to fill out the police report. Do I go ahead and write it up as he swerved to avoid an animal on the roadway or do I go ahead and state my suspicion of him driving while under the influence (DUI)? The mayor has a lot of influence within the police department and it could help me advance within the department if I don’t charge him with a DUI. What makes this scenario an ethical dilemma is the fact the mayor’s position in power is influencing my decision making. I would not be upholding my duties as a police officers by letting this go as just an accident due to an animal on the roadway. Both options in this ethical dilemma come with consequences. Writing a false police report can end up getting me fired if someone finds out. Writing it up as a DUI could cause me future problems as a police officer within my department, with other elected officials, or even this mayor if he is able to keep his job. Just because someone you encounter while an on-duty police officer has some type of power over you does not mean you have to be unethical to yourself, the department, and society just to appease them. They do not get special treatment as they are just like anyone else. Some factors that led to this ethical dilemma the driver of the vehicle which was the mayor has a lot of influence within the town, society which resides within the town, and my
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3 JUS 455 Final police department. The mayor has a lot of power and could potentially help me move up within the department or demote/have me terminated from the department. The mayor tried using his
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  • Fall '17
  • William Kilgore
  • Ethics

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