Ethical Paper

Officer Martin was the district attorney’s key witness in US vs. Kevin Smith in which he testified against his partner in a criminal and civil trial that resulted in Officer Smith’s termination from the Virtual County Police Department. Officer Smith was found guilty of using excessive force when he deliberately and unlawfully struck an offender while the offender was restrained in handcuffs. Virtual County Internal Affair’s Division investigated the case and the circumstances that transpired after the courts findings were published. Internal Affairs Investigators learned that Officer Martin was being verbally and physically harassed by fellow officers because he chose to testify and help the government convict Officer Smith. Thus, Internal Affairs has launched a thorough investigation because Officer Martin alleges that he fears for his safety at work and at home. He reports, that his tires have been slashed by fellow officers and he found a dead rat in his locker a few weeks after the trial. The captain is nervous because internal affairs investigators are asking a lot of questions and combing through personnel records with a fine tooth comb. Officers are nervous and are deliberating to plan what they will say during their individual interviews. My name is Officer Nicole Melvin and I have been on the department for four years. I was born to be a police officer. I love to protect and serve the people of Virtual County and I live by the core values described in the departments code of ethics. Therefore, I have decided to do the right thing and tell the truth and describe the countless times I’ve witnessed Officer Martin be harassed by other officers to Internal Affairs. I am convinced that those officers harassed him and failed to back him up and partner with him during official duties because he testified for the government to convict Officer Smith. Internal Affairs has made it clear that they are going to investigate and recommend termination…