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TOC o “1-3” h z u Introduction PAGEREF _Toc363969811 h 1Ethical or social justice issues in the past few years PAGEREF _Toc363969812 h 2Leadership roles PAGEREF _Toc363969813 h 3Ethical or social justice issues related to philosophical theories/theorists PAGEREF _Toc363969814 h 4Major power and challenges to the organization PAGEREF _Toc363969815 h 5Lack of economic resources PAGEREF _Toc363969816 h 5Media Attention PAGEREF _Toc363969817 h 5Lack of effective leadership PAGEREF _Toc363969818 h 5Changing social perspective PAGEREF _Toc363969819 h 5Strategies for addressing the issues PAGEREF _Toc363969820 h 6Partnership with the Community PAGEREF _Toc363969821 h 6Employee excellence PAGEREF _Toc363969822 h 6Organizational unity PAGEREF _Toc363969823 h 6Employee Morale PAGEREF _Toc363969824 h 7Two strategies which will provide immediate improvement PAGEREF _Toc363969825 h 7Training PAGEREF _Toc363969826 h 7Performance Evaluation PAGEREF _Toc363969827 h 7Factors affecting the implementation of the recommendations PAGEREF _Toc363969828 h 7Top leadership PAGEREF _Toc363969829 h 7Economic resources PAGEREF _Toc363969830 h 8Ethical and moral code of conduct PAGEREF _Toc363969831 h 8Human Resource strategy PAGEREF _Toc363969832 h 8References PAGEREF _Toc363969833 h 8

Administrative Ethics

The Chicago Law enforcement agency, also known as CPD, is the main agency of law enforcement in Chicago, Illinois, in the United States and comes under the jurisdiction of the Mayor of Chicago. CDP is one of the oldest modern police forces in the world and the second largest law enforcement agency in the United States behind the New York City Law enforcement agency. The department has total of 1925 with 12,244 sworn officers.

CPD has following six bureaus which are managed by the bureau chief with the assistance of the first deputy superintendent: Bureau of Patrol (BOP); Bureau of Detectives; Bureau of Organized Crime (BOC); Bureau of Internal Affairs (BIA; Bureau of Administration (BOA); Bureau of Organizational Development (BOD)

Though the department is responsible for enforcing law and order in the city, it has a lamentable legacy of both heroism and corruption. At one side, some police officers sacrifice their lives for the call of duty and protect citizens to preserve peace and at another side, there are scandals and long list of officers engaged in cruelty, bribery and criminal activities.

According to anti-corruption reports published by the Political Science Department, public corruption is defined as an illegal or unethical act committed by a public official for his or her self-interest rather than for the public good. Police corruption is a menace is society that not only undermines the trust of the citizens but also wastes millions of dollars of taxpayer’s money due to corruption related law suits, prosecutions and settlements. According to an Anti-Corruption Report Number, the news reports since 1960, it has been seen that 295 Chicago police officers have committed crimes like drug dealing, beating of citizens, theft, eliminating evidence against criminals and murder. The report also suggests that problem of inherent corruption in CPD has grown at an alarming rate during past decades that too when these reports do not include undetected and unreported activities related to misconduct and disciplinary actions. Many officers decline to face charges and retire instead.

The long persisted corruption within CPD is still a serious problem which can be testified with the fact that 102 convictions came into picture since 2000. Secondly, police officers are resistant to reporting of crimes and other wrongdoings by their colleagues. There is a “blue code of silence” which is covert but known to be an important part of the culture in CPD that makes the reporting much more difficult. Many cases of atrocities inflicted upon civilians go unreported due to this code.

Leadership Influences

The Agency follows the Bureaucratic Leadership Style according to which the agency follows guidelines thoroughly, and safeguards that individuals follow processes exactly. This is a suitable leadership style for work concerning grave care risks or wherever big amounts of cash are involved. However, the disadvantage of this governance style is that it’s unsuccessful in squads and administrations that rely on flexibility, originality, or novelty. Thus, the agency’s administrative leaders attain their position because of their aptitude to obey to and support rules, not because their experiences or proficiency. This has led to cause bitterness when team associates don’t worth their knowledge or intelligence.

Over the period of long time, large number of officers has supported criminals, drug dealers and street gangs in their crimes. Total number of Chicago police office that is already convicted of drug and gang war related criminalities is 47 since 2000. Part of it can be explained by the fact that in order to work undercover with the criminals to uncover them they need to establish close relations with the criminals which leads officers falling for perks and money involved in the trade and it’s very difficult to be on narrow and straight path.

Also, the authorities within and outside the department including the superintendents of the police have failed to provide any kind of leadership or frameworks for honest and fair conduct.

Various government bodies like the department’s Internal Affairs Division (IAD), Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA), the Police Board (PB), the Mayor’s office, and State Attorneys have been unsuccessful in eliminating the corruption from CPD with an exception of U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Legal Decisions

Lack of economic resources: Because of the staggering economy and public pushback there has been a massive cut backs on the equipment and training budgets. Many police officers have complained of layoffs which have become common phenomena nowadays. Also, pension reforms have not been implemented. Due to these problems the morale of the police is low and hence they do not follow ethical conduct and mal-treat the citizens.

Media Attention: Almost every act of violence or crime is reported on TV and is seen by entire country. Law enforcement agency performs its duties under the harsh glare of media and is judged constantly for their acts. It is a huge challenge which police officers need to face ll the time. They have to balance their behavior with criminals as well as maintain dignity of their department which becomes a tough job and hence they have to cross the line of ethics sometimes to perform their duties.

Lack of effective leadership: the top management or leadership at the department do not provide any kind of guidance and support to help the officers who are caught in the ethical dilemma. There have been no particular initiatives taken by the department head or other government organizations to prevent officers from acting in immoral way.

Changing social perspective: The social perspective of right and wrong keeps on changing and the standards are governed based on the communities which are part of multi-cultural environment of Chicago. Various ethnic groups have their own moral standards and hence it becomes difficult for police officers to be fair to everyone in the society. Also, law is becoming much more complex and contested on case to case basis and frustration is heaped on law enforcement agencies which are public face of law.

Strategies for Consideration to Administrative Processes

Partnership with the Community: There should be collaboration with the communities to understand them better and get involved with their problems. This should be based on open and constructive interaction between officers and the members of society. The department should reach out with empathy to the society in order to understand the implications of unethical behavior violating the human rights and other social justice norms with respect to the communities. Also, they should focus on ethical and moral behavior no matter what the cost and price they pay. Communities should encourage fair practices and refrain from bribery in order to promote honest and corruption less police force. There should be frequent functions and get-together in the regions to promote the exchange of thoughts among both stakeholders.

Employee excellence: The department should emphasize the importance of individual creativity, initiative, and ingenuity among officers. Supervisors should mentor and motivate to set priorities and handle problems including disciplinary issues to manage resources and people effectively. Department supervisors should have the chance to be the mentors and motivators they were hired to be to set priorities, to handle problems (including minor disciplinary issues), and to manage people and other resources

Organizational unity: The mission, vision and the role of police in society and n individuals life should be well imbibed in all the police officers. They should focus all their efforts unanimously to solve the problems of community. Proper evaluation and investigation should be carried out in case of customer service problem and there should be standard way of dealing with the problems across the department.

Employee Morale: Officers should be given perks, recognition and rewards against their exceptional service provided to the community. There should be proper incentives to perform in an exceptional manner for a particular case. This will keep the morale of the department very high.

Recommendations for Improvements to Administrative Processes

Training: Officers should be made part of extensive training and career development with respect to ethical and moral standards. They should be made aware of the cases and issues tarnishing the image of CPD in the society because of the lowered moral standards of the police force. New recruits must be inducted by proper mentoring in various ethical frameworks and support from the colleagues should be provided to implement the on practical level. The training should be on job as well as class room sessions in order to understand the value and principle which CPD proposes to follow.

Performance Evaluation: The department should introduce 360 degree approach to evaluate officers on the basis of the standard of their performance which includes peer review and measures to see behavioral aspects of the police officer. There should be periodic appraisal in order to provide ratings to the officers based on objective and subjective parameters of performance.

ReferencesJohn Hagedorn, Bart Kmiecik, (January 17, 2013), Crime, Corruption and Cover-ups in the Chicago Law enforcement agency, Anti-Corruption Report Number 7