IntroductionPoliceprofessionalism refers to the combination of all the qualities that areconnected with trained and skilled police officers. Police responsibility isthe state or fact of being responsible, answerable or accountable for theactions they take. It is an expectation for everyone that the police do theirduties to ensure the safety of people.Attimes professionalism may really be confused. People may see a neatly dressedofficer who looks good and composed one using all the resources availableattempting to capture the criminals. Physical traits and character are veryimportant but they should never be confused for professional characteristics ofany police officer. Characteristics of Police ProfessionalismServiceto others: Police officers vow to protect and to serve the people of thenation. It is their main duty to serve the nation ensuring no criminalactivities take place.
In case of any occurrence of the criminal activitiesthey apprehend the culprits and ensure they are prosecuted for their crimes.Ethicalconduct: Police officers are required to practice fairness, abide by the lawsand regulations stipulated in the state or country’s constitution. In view ofthis they act to protect the policies in the constitution. For everyprofession, there is the existence of ethical code of conduct and the policeofficers are no exception, since they must abide as per their own code ofconduct. Assessmentof client’s needs: Professional police officer is required to put the needs ofthe citizens as their first priority. They should ensure they follow all theinformation given by their clients and serve them appropriately.Effectiveproblem solving: They should have good expertise in solving cases that arebrought to their attention.
They should solve the cases appropriately andensure the satisfaction and justices to all the parties that are involved orinterested in the cases at hand.Strongerrole in the criminal justice: They should be very involved in ensuring there isjustice in the criminal justice system and all the activities being done shouldbe ethical.Advantages of Police ProfessionalismStrongercommunity support and respect: professionalism improves the relationshipbetween the clients and the police officer, the improvement builds a bondbetween them hence they get support.
Ethicalconduct: acting professionally comes hand in hand with having ethical behaviourin the service to man.Appropriateservices are offered to the clients: as a professional one ought to offer highquality services to their clients that leave them all satisfiedEffectiveinnovations: through professionalism one broadens their knowledge on manyissues hence they come up with new ideas that enable them performs their dutiesmore appropriately.Effectiveproblem solving: with time they get used to their tasks and are able to come upwith long lasting and appropriate ways to solve the problem.Disadvantages of Police ProfessionalismCostof training and development limits to entry in the workforce since not all thepeople are able to afford the fees required to pay for the education levelrequired. Higher salaries or remuneration for the job occupant leads to a tollon the government recurrent expenditure.Professionalismis an indicator that the police have the guaranteed experience, level ofeducation and the recruiters confirm they are able to handle most of thechallenges that they may be faced with. Police officers are required to work inmost demanding situations and are presumed to have ethical traits unlike the non-professionals(Regoli, 1998).
For professionals, their behaviour and attitude need to bealigned with the set standards. Therefore, professionalism involves policeofficers behaving as per the set professional standards.Professionalismmay at times suffer due to organization indiscretion but it is judged of itsworthiness by the mistakes made by individual officers. UN professional acts bypolice officers are taken lightly since they are the people entrusted to ensurethe safety and security of all the members of the public.
The policingprofession may have not acquired the same level of respect as otherprofessions. The recognition may come from the institutions they are trained inbut in the case of policing the education is only acquired in stipulated policeinstitutions. Professional officers have a binding sense of vision and missionto perform their duties with diligence having in mind what their true goal is sinceprofessionalism is the basis of providing of good services (Crank, 1990).Attimes professionalism may not be at its best and may require a little boost tohelp curb some of it negative consequences. Wheneveryou involve police responsibility then there is an improvement in the situationsince even if not all the problems are solved at least the situation changesand the face of professionalism as a general is improved and its reputationchanges where by people view it as a better department that can serve theirissues in the best way.
In some cases, takingresponsibility for whatever actions one has taken goes a long way to fix somany issues. Professionalism and responsibility gives a big boost to theservice to all which is the first duty of all the police officers available.Respectand trust from both parties is a core factor in achieving the laid-outinstitution goals. Thelevel of the respect andtrust enjoyed in the system makes iteasy for the officers to perform their work effectively and efficiently. Whenthe objective of the workforce is well stipulated then the work is laid outappropriately and they begin working on it in a responsible way putting intoconsideration the laws and regulations that ought to be abided by, it starts ona personal basis whereby whenever they practice objectivity in their personal life’sit makes it easier for them to practice it also in their professions. Policeofficers should always stand out as members of the criminal justice system evenwhen they are not in their line of duty.
Police ResponsibilityPoliceresponsibility is the core value of police ethics since it is throughprofessionalism that the officers acquire all the basic information andknowledge about how they should go by handling their work and all othersituations that they may come across in their line of duty. It is alsoconcerned with the scope of work in which the police officers are going to beinvolved in. They are required to uphold high ethical standards and ensure theyare working within the set rules and laws (Sean, 2014). With all the knowledge theyhave acquired they are able to study the cases and study the new development ineach of the cases handling all their work diligently and appropriately inaccordance to the laws enforced in the state. Acting appropriately and properand fair treatment to all is the step of being an ethical individual but when thereis no professionalism in it the case would be so different since they would belacking a source of reference to work by and to refer to in order to know howto treat members of the public and handle the situations they come across.Itis the responsibility of police officers to ensure that law and order is maintainedin a state. In accordance to the stipulated duties they should ensure that allthe work that they do is proper and in respect to the laws that are set in thestate.
Police officers are required to be in control at all times and shouldalways be in charge of all the activities taking place in the state ensuringthat no harm will come upon any member of the state.Police EthicsPoliceethics include allegiance, honesty, loyalty and courage. A code of ethics bywhich laws enforce in a police department is a must be.
In order for any law tosucceed it must have to be supported by the members of the public and the codeof ethics that enforces laws cannot be an exception. In order to build a goodand reputable image for the police department then their must always be a goodrelationship between the police and the members of the public. They shouldalways ensure they practice police integrity whereby the supremacy of thepublic opinion is always assured. It is very essential to the system upon whichsafety depends is involved to higher degrees of efficiency. Police ethics mayentail the personal ethics of an individual and also the person’s skill ofdecision making.Inorder to promote ethics and ethical behaviour in the workforce some of theseaspects may be put into consideration:Thelaw enforcement oath of office: This oath involves protecting, respecting andabiding by the constitution. It also has a promise to act appropriately andhonourably avoiding offensive behaviour.
Thelaw enforcement code of ethics: It gives guidance to the police officers aboutdecision making. It states that the police are required to abide and enforcethe code of ethics.Developingan ethical mindset is a very critical moment for any officer. In order toensure that the development is up to stand and can continue being improved someof the following factors can be considered:Consideringthe consequences: Before taking any action, the officer must first think ofwhat it will result to will the outcome be positive or negative, what type ofpunishment am I to receive in case it is a crime.Thinkbefore acting: thinking out an issue before putting yourself up to it gives youa broader picture on how to handle it and gives options on the most appropriateways to handle the situations. In most situations misconduct may occur wheneveran office is faced by an unexpected ethical challenge, in this case they oughtto think it through and make an ethical decision.
Sethigh ethical standards: this may be on a personal basis to evaluate the type ofresponse one is giving to the situations that are at hand in the moment. It isa personal decision for someone to act ethically and if one sets high ethicalstandards he or she must be so committed to ensure that they responsibilitiesare met in the best way they know how to deal with them.Developingan ethical mindset has the power to give a reputable personality in someone’sprofessionalism and life in general. Police officers should always strive to leavetheir own legacies in honour of those who were there before and in order togive an example to be followed by those who will be coming after they have leftthe workforce. By remembering the reason, they made a decision to enter in theworkforce it serves as a motivation to them as they ensure that they have mettheir purpose in the special workforce.Inthe police profession they require a lot of responsibility, courage, andintegrity. It is very important for officers to also maintain top leveldiscretion in their work. Some of the information they may come across it oftop level secrets to ensure the safety of the public since some people who mayget a hold of the information may use it wrongly and try tampering with thesecurity of the state.
Professionalismstipulates working in accordance to skills and training that has been acquired.In police recruitment they identify the most suitable people to get trained andacquire skills in order to use them in their training. Professionalism involvesachieving the good or bad in relation to the responsibilities and obligations .italso involves working according to the stipulated principles of the career inquestion.Professionalismrelates so highly with ethics since ethics encourages one to do what they oughtto, it highly advisees that people should put into consideration all relevantaspects of the ethical problem considering basic ethical values. Acting inaccordance to the code of professionalism. In order for any progress to takeplace the officers must have the willingness to improve their ethical behavioursince both work hand in hand in order to ensure the progress of all the workthey handle.
Professionallya police officer ought to listen to their client’s grievances and concerns and advisethem on the most suitable method to be used in handling the situation they are beingg faced with. They should always strive to ensure that they have a good relationshipwith the clients. In most cases howpolice officers prioritize and value thee cases of the clients goes a long wayin determining their long-term relationship.Officersshould always try to position themselves in the positions occupied by theclients in the cases they offer in order for them to be able to identify withtheir struggles and dilemmas in order for them to be able to handle their caseswith fairness and honesty. Police officers should maintain their high level ofpersonal and professional behaviour possible.
They should be ready to serve theentire state and should not show a trace of any favours or interest to anyspecial group. We should strive to maintain awareness and constantly worktogether towards achieving their long-term goal of ensuring safety in the stateand upholding those who have gotten involved in crimes and serving justice toall those who haven’t been given any.ConclusionInthe profession the police must always ensure they perform their work in therequired legal functioning.
They must ensure that they do not abuse theirrights or the rights of the members of the public. Since police are givenpowers it is very important for them not to take advantage and use their powersto mistreat the members of the public. Police integrity is very important andis held so strongly by police ethics, police discretion and policeprofessionalism.Thepolice are the most basic part of the criminal investigation agency. They workdirectly with the public in order to ensure that their rights are notcompromised in any way. It is the protection of the rights of members of thepublic which becomes a sole objective of any criminal justice systemProfessionalismhas come and made a very big improvement in the policing sector educating moreabout the importance of policing.
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