Ethical Tests and Dilemmas
For this discussion, imagine that you are a police officer assigned to traffic enforcement on a busy street in a small neighborhood on a Saturday afternoon. The neighborhood is located directly across the street from a park.
You observe a motorist speeding through a crosswalk at the same time several small children are about to enter it. After making a traffic stop and issuing a citation, you continue patrolling the neighborhood when you are flagged down by the mother of one of the children. She thanks you for all the hard work you are doing to reduce speeding in the area and offers you $50 as a token of her appreciation.
Using the process described in the reading for resolving ethical dilemmas, detail how you would have acted in this situation.
Is it ethical or unethical for you to accept the gift based upon the Law Enforcement Oath of Honor? Explain your response in detail.