Webinar presenter Denise Beagley answered a number of your questions after her presentation, Ethical Decision Making for Law Enforcement and Other Justice Professionals. Here are just a few of her responses.
Audience Question: Given the recent issues within the country regarding law enforcement conduct and accountability. What impact do you think the topic of ethics will have on the future of training and potential reform within the law enforcement community?
Denise Beagley: I think it’s going to take a lot of us to get together and have these discussions. I think this is just a small little way of even a micro little conversation that we can have with each other about this very topic and kind of checking in with each other. I don’t know everything that happened on that team, but I think the perception, obviously, and when there’s video involved that’s why I included the quotes I included. I think people see what was recorded and there are people on all different sides, right? When we look at it and so, I think it’s a conversation for us to have and I think it’s a good conversation for us to have. There’s, I think, I had talks with my daughters about what do I think needs to happen. I think not just police and public safety need to be educated. I think it’s everybody. I’ve been an instructor for 20 something years and it’s not just public safety folks, it’s everybody needs cultural intelligence. Racism hasn’t gone away. It’s gone dormant. As far as in the sense people thought it was dormant and underneath, but it’s been there. And I think we need to know, I used to teach cultural competency and now I teach cultural intelligence. You know what is right and wrong, it’s how do you act on that and you know, you have information. And again, that’s why I shared that about the restaurant. You could go have a bad experience and now you say that’s a bad place. You know, we sometimes do that with people and with skin tone. And so, I think you really got to look at your own self, be comfortable with you, and then be comfortable with others. I wish I could answer that fully. But that’s a huge I would. I would love to go down that rabbit hole with it with everybody.
Audience Question: Do you have any best practice recommendations for establishing or updating a code of ethics? What would you caution against or encourage in terms of establishing these guidelines?
Denise Beagley: Creating a diverse team of folks at your agency, to kind of come up with what’s your mission, what’s your rules and regulations look at the current ones. A lot of times some places I’ve talked to, people that don’t know that they actually have policies and procedures in place. Or when they actually really read into, and they’re like, holy cow. I didn’t know this was an issue of this was something we had in our work. So, I think it as reconnecting with those that’s why I encourage everybody, I give samples of what we have at ASU PD, and you could certainly I provided that as a resource. And maybe kind of look at your policies. And I’m not saying ours are the best. I’m just saying it’s one way and kind of take a sampling and then decide as a group of people, diverse people, who are this affecting, right? Look at the back to those guiding principles, like it’s the whole community. When we do stuff, we try to encourage and get community involvement too, and representation. So, it’s not just us making a decision in a vacuum, right? We’ve included other folks.
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