Ethics in criminal justice

A police officer close to retirement is training a rookie cop. Their shift is over and they are returning to the precinct. Suddenly, they spot several teenagers smoking marijuana. Relying on utilitarianism, explain how the officers’ choice NOT to pursue the matter is or is not consistent with moral principles.

Assignment: reply to the following peer’s statement. Respond Min 150 words (one reference)

from Alston, Jacinta posted 08/30/2020 06:29 PM EDT
If the officer chooses not to intervene depending on someone’s perspective and the law it would be seen as unethical. It isn’t legal for teenagers to possess marijuana or smoke it in a public place. Choosing not to intervene can lead the teens to more trouble, then again choosing to pursue it the teens may get a record for a misdemeanor. Marijuana is legal to obtain if there’s a prescription for it. The teens smoking marijuana do not have a prescription and the purposes were not intended to be used recreationally. Does the officer pursue the teens when his shift is nearly over for a misdemeanor? It was stated that a cop’s job is never over. Regardless of what time you clock out you are still an officer and is still legal to report and detain people as an off duty officer. Your job simply does not end. You also want to teach the rookie correctly and a refusal to do anything about the teens could influence the rookie into either doing the same thing or not performing his/her job correctly. Approaching the teens would be beneficial to show the rookie what to do in a similar situation.

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