What is an ethical dilemma?
Ethics is about right and wrong. There are three types of dilemmas.
What are the facts of the case?
What is the conflict of principles?
What are the possible courses of action?
What course of action will you take?
They can be defined as the written and unwritten codes of principles and values that govern decisions and actions within an organization. An organization’s culture sets the standards for determining the difference between tough decision making and behaviour.
It is a situation where you must choose between competing ethical obligations that flow from personally or professionally held ethical principles. In short:
Be considered in your response. Investigate the options and probable outcomes (short term, medium term and long term). Use the Ethical Decision Making Model to assist.
They live and model clear ethical behaviour. They provide opportunities for ethical dilemmas or issues to be discussed in an open and frank manner.
Walk the walk; don’t just talk the talk.
Hold yourself and others accountable for ethical behaviour and actions. Praise those who model clear, ethical actions. Create opportunities to have ethical discussions before a situation arises.
Honesty, Integrity, Professionalism, Compassion, Accountability, Respect
Yes! Ethics are embedded as soon as a person becomes an employee of the RCMP. That is only the first step of the ethical leadership continuum; ethical training is provided throughout an employee’s career with the RCMP.
This office also provides ethics training to individual units upon request and is actively involved in course development for specific training.
It will reinforce a person’s individual values and ethics. This training may cause the person to reflect back to why they joined the RCMP, as most people start out wanting to make a difference.
Police officers and other employees are constantly exposed to ethical conflicts. By offering ethics education throughout one’s career, the values and ethics of the organization are reinforced and re-validated. By offering the Ethical Decision Making Model, to employees, they gain another tool to use when dealing with these conflicts. This office may also provide support to the employee by helping them work through the situation.
Yes! All RCMP employees, be they Regular Members, Civilian Members or Public Servants are subject to the Values and Ethics Code for the Public Service. Regular and Civilian members are also subject to the RCMP Act and Commissioner’s Standing Orders.