Ethics is about how we live our life, including our professional life, by deciding and doing what is right and good in our interactions with other people. Police officers are given powers and responsibilities that have significant consequences for others, making high ethical standards and ethical conduct fundamental to policing.
Police officers need to identify and evaluate the potential consequences of their actions, when determining the right thing to do. Orienting decision-making to the best interests of the community is important to police trustworthiness and community confidence in policing.
Ethics requires us to not only know what is right, but also to do what is right. Police officers should draw upon their own life experience and personal strengths to identify empowering conditions that will enable them to do what is right. They can prepare strategies, scripts and action plans to be ready to respond when ethical issues arise.