Police Ethics


4 hrs. of Certified Continuing Education

Course Overview 

In today’s society law enforcement is the most visible and scrutinized professions in the nation.  Justifiably, law enforcement professionals are held to a higher standard than any other profession.  Because law enforcement personnel do not operate in a vacuum, some find themselves having to answer for poor judgement and lack of character.  Although these personnel make up a small minority of law enforcement professionals, the results of their actions can be devastating to an organization and the community that it serves.   The Police Ethics course is designed to provide law enforcement professionals with an introspective look at ethical dilemmas that occur within their agencies and provides solutions that promote organizational thought, personal integrity, and self-awareness.  It introduces concepts first presented by the National Institute for Ethics such as: The 3 C’s of Ethical Leadership, Why Ethics Training is Our Greatest Need, and identifies areas within modern law enforcement organizations that are crucial to maintaining an organization with a foundation of integrity, character and professional excellence.  The workshop also identifies the major reasons why law enforcement professionals lose their careers and offers solutions to these negative trends.

Upon the successful completion of this workshop, the participants would be able to:

  • Describe why Ethics Training is the most important need for law enforcement professionals.
  • Discuss the safeguards to protect your agency from unethical behavior through hiring, training, and performance.
  • Identifies why an agency’s Mission Statement is the most under-utilized tool to promote ethical behavior.
  • Identify the reasons law enforcement professionals lose their careers.
  • Identify characteristics to counter the steps of the corruption continuum.      

wellingtonLt. Col. Wellington Scott is a graduate of North Carolina State University’s Administrative Officer’s Management Program, and an honorary member of Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society.

He was a member of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol for 28 years and retired as the Deputy Commander in 2013. He directed the North Carolina State Highway Patrol’s First Line Supervisors School where he developed curriculum and provided instruction for newly promoted First Line Supervisors. Lieutenant Colonel Scott served as a Troop Commander, Unit Commander in Charge of Promotion and Performance Management, Director of Support Services, Director of Professional Standards, Director of Field Operations, and Deputy Commander of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

He received Specialized Instructor Certifications in Defensive Tactics, Fitness Specialist and Biomechanics, Verbal Judo, and Performance Management Instructor Training from Developmental Dimensions International. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Association of Field Training Officers, and is an Honorary member of Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society. Lieutenant Colonel Scott now serves as the President of the Sheriff’s Institute for Ethical Leadership Development (SHIELD) a Division of the International Academy of Public Safety.

Scheduled Events

  • Tennessee FBINAA Training Conference – Knoxville, TN, June 13, 2016

  • Southeastern Law Enforcement Academy UT- Chattanooga – August 22, 2016

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