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1 PSPETHC501A Promote the values and ethos of public service

2 v1 2 College for Law and Justice Administration LESSON OVERVIEW Topic One: Ethical Obligations  Ethics overview  Ethics in the Queensland Police Service Topic Two: Relevant Legislation  Queensland legislation for police officers and ethical obligations Topic Three: Unethical Conduct  Identifying unethical conduct  Reporting unethical conduct  Relevant legislation

3 v1 STUDY THE MATERIAL WELL WITH A FOCUS ON YOUR FUTURE DECISION MAKING

4 v1 4 College for Law and Justice Administration RESOURCES Online Unit Guide

5 v1 5 College for Law and Justice Administration ASSESSMENT TASKS Assessment Task One – Essay: police gratuities  Based on reading in Unit Guide Assessment Task Two – Workbook Assessment Task Three – Online legislation assignment Assessment Task Four – Online theory quiz

6 v1 ASSESSMENT TASK ONE ESSAY – POLICE GRATUITIES ◦ SHOULD POLICE SAY NO TO GRATUITIES What are gratuities? When are they offered to police? Provide examples Are police allowed to accept gratuities (under the Code of Conduct and legislation?) Should police be allowed to accept gratuities? Why? Should police not be allowed to accept gratuities? Why not? What guidelines should be in place, eg: legislation or internal policies? What current legislation affects the acceptance of gratuities? What is the impact on the police service if gratuities are accepted? How does society view the acceptance of gratuities? Is it just the fault of the police? What about the organisations that offer the gratuities? Draw a conclusion that states one way or the other whether police should say no to gratuities.

7 v1 Certificate IV workbook: It is expected that this workbook will allow you to consider some of the ethical dilemmas that may present themselves, but more so, how you would respond. ASSESSMENT TASK TWO

8 v1 ONLINE LEGISLATION ASSIGNMENT  Familiarise yourself with the legislation throughout the Unit Guide  Based on the parts, chapters and sections mentioned in the Unit Guide  Untimed assessment – one attempt  85% or more for competency ONLINE THEORY QUIZ  Based on the content of the Unit Guide  Complete the review questions  Ensure detailed study of material  Timed assessment – two attempts  85% or more for competency ASSESSMENT TASK THREE & FOUR

9 v1 9 College for Law and Justice Administration TOPIC ONE: ETHICAL OBLIGATIONS

10 What are ethics? Not only what is legal but what is right. Being ‘fair dinkum’ and doing the right thing by everyone — the organisation, your boss, your fellow workers, the public, the ratepayers, yourself and your family. Toowoomba City Council Briefing Note 1999 Slide 3 Crime & Misconduct Commission 2002

11 v1 11 College for Law and Justice Administration TOPIC ONE: ETHICAL OBLIGATIONS Others may influence your thinking, but you alone are responsible for your actions! Another meaning - What is ethics? Ethics is a set of rules or standards governing the conduct of a person or member of a community. These rules could be formalised in a code of ethics, or legally enforced if made law.

12 v1 Video 1 – Life guard 12 College for Law and Justice Administration

13 v1 13 College for Law and Justice Administration What guides ethical principles? Standards and Guidelines Codes of Conduct / Statement of ethics Policies Procedures Legislation Culture - Discuss Job descriptions Senior personnel  Reading 3: Recruit Assessment Information If you believe a member of the QPS has behaved wrongly or inappropriately, you may make a complaint! – Discuss process!

14 v1 Group activity Get into groups of 6 Discuss the following over 10 minutes  List what behaviour you think would get a police officer into trouble and instigate complaints from the public  Each group is to present their view to the class  Then watch the video in the next slide 14 College for Law and Justice Administration

15 v1 Video 2 – Private eye 15 College for Law and Justice Administration

16 v1 Slide 4 Codes of conduct  A code of conduct lists the behaviours expected of us when we are at work.  All Justice Sector Agencies are required to have a code of conduct for staff (Public Sector Ethics Act 1994). Crime & Misconduct Commission 2002

17 v1 Discuss Code of Conduct 17 College for Law and Justice Administration

18 v1 18 College for Law and Justice Administration TOPIC ONE: ETHICAL OBLIGATIONS Statement of ethics Aims to describe and reinforce to both Police and the community the integrity and impartial level of service that should be expected from the Police at all times. QPS Standard of Practice

19 v1 Video 3 – Statement of ethics 19 College for Law and Justice Administration

20 v1 20 College for Law and Justice Administration TOPIC ONE: ETHICAL OBLIGATIONS QPS S.E.L.F. Test S Would your decision withstand Scrutiny? E Will your decision Ensure compliance? L Is your decision Lawful? F Is your decision Fair?

21 v1 Capsicum spray 21 College for Law and Justice Administration Video 4Video 5

22 v1 22 College for Law and Justice Administration TOPIC ONE: ETHICAL OBLIGATIONS Client Service Charter Details the level and commitment of service the QPS has undertaken to provide to the community. Provides the public with a ‘benchmark’ on which the QPS can be assessed in the provision of their service. Open Client Service Charter

23 v1 23 College for Law and Justice Administration TOPIC ONE: ETHICAL OBLIGATIONS Problem-Orientated Policing S Scanning (problem identification) A Analysing (underlying causes of the problem) R Responses (addressing the problem) A Assessment (measuring the effectiveness of the response) What does this mean?

24 v1 24 College for Law and Justice Administration TOPIC ONE: ETHICAL OBLIGATIONS Conflicts of interest There is to be no actual or apparent conflict between a police officer’s personal interests and the impartial fulfillment of their official duties. However, members are not to be subject to unreasonable restrictions on their private activities. All conflict of interests will be resolved in favour of the Service and the public interest.

25 v1 25 College for Law and Justice Administration TOPIC TWO: RELEVANT LEGISLATION

26 v1 26 College for Law and Justice Administration TOPIC TWO: RELEVANT LEGISLATION Public Sector Ethics Act 1994 Ethics Principles  Ethics obligations Ethics obligations are intended to provide the basis for codes of conduct. They are NOT legally enforceable.  Respect for the law and system of government  Respect for persons  Integrity  Diligence  Economy and efficiency

27 v1 Slide 5 The Public Sector Ethics Act 1994 lists five ethics principles: Respect for the law and system of government Integrity Respect for others Economy and efficiency Diligence Crime & Misconduct Commission 2002 Why do we need this legislation? VIDEO 7 – A bit of QPOL history - 8 minutes

28 v1 Slide 6 EXAMPLES OF THE FIVE ETHICS PRINCIPLES Crime & Misconduct Commission 2002

29 v1 Slide 7 Respect for the law and system of government  Do not break any laws.  Obey lawful instructions.  Respect Organisational decisions.  Enforce all laws. Crime & Misconduct Commission 2002

30 v1 Slide 8 Integrity  Be honest and trustworthy.  Put the interests of the public first.  Disclose conflicts of interest.  Protect confidential information. Crime & Misconduct Commission 2002

31 v1 Slide 9 Respect for others  Respect and be fair to everyone.  Treat people as you would like to be treated.  Provide good customer service. Crime & Misconduct Commission 2002

32 v1 Slide 10 Economy and efficiency  Do not waste or misuse Agency resources.  Give an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay. Crime & Misconduct Commission 2002 VIDEO 8 - Example of what may happen if you are not compatible (do not pull your weight) – 4 minutes

33 v1 Slide 11 Diligence  Do your work properly and to the best of your ability.  Strive for excellence. Crime & Misconduct Commission 2002

34 v1 34 College for Law and Justice Administration TOPIC TWO: RELEVANT LEGISLATION Police Service Administration Act 1990 Guides Queensland Police Officers on how they go about their daily duties, their key functions, and behavioural expectations.

35 v1 35 College for Law and Justice Administration TOPIC TWO: RELEVANT LEGISLATION Police Powers and Responsibilities Act 2000 Power to arrest Power to question

36 v1 36 College for Law and Justice Administration TOPIC THREE: UNETHICAL CONDUCT

37 v1 37 College for Law and Justice Administration TOPIC THREE: UNETHICAL CONDUCT Types of unethical conduct Misconduct eg. Sexual harassment, unlawful use of police vehicle Breach of discipline eg. Late for duty, disrespectful to senior officers

38 v1 38 College for Law and Justice Administration TOPIC THREE: UNETHICAL CONDUCT Reporting unethical conduct cont. Ethical Standards Command (ESC)  Manages the internal discipline process and is responsible for promoting ethical behaviour and professional practice within the Service.  Works closely with the Internal Investigations Branch, Inspectorate and Evaluation Branch, Ethical Practice Branch, Internal Audit, Research and Evaluation Unit and Intelligence Unit.  Website:  Website:

39 v1 39 College for Law and Justice Administration TOPIC THREE: UNETHICAL CONDUCT Reporting unethical conduct cont. Queensland Police ethical support branches and units:  Inspectorate and Evaluation Branch (IEB)  Ethical Practice Branch (EPB)  Review and Evaluation (R&E)  Internal Audit (IA)  Intelligence Unit Explain process

40 v1 40 College for Law and Justice Administration ARE YOU AN ETHICAL PERSON? Would you consider your behaviour and decision making to always be ethical?

41 v1 41 College for Law and Justice Administration SCENARIOS What would you do? You have responded to a disturbence at a local cafe. The café owner offers you a free lunch and coffee. Do you refuse or accept the offer? You are privy to a drug bust that nets thousands of dollars. No one is around, do you pocket your kid’s school fees? A new female constable confides in you that her Sergeant has been sexually harassing her. She asks for your support in lodging a complaint. Do you agree to help her? You are on an interview panel and a close work mate performs terribly but you know he is capable of the job. Do you adjust the selection scores to get him the position? You are patrolling road works where the Council is resealing a section of road. A resident asks you for a bucket of bitumen to seal a pot hole in his driveway. Do you give him a bucket of bitumen?

42 v1 Rules to live by – can you do without your job? - can you do without your freedom?

43 v1 Teachers experience Open discussion session lead by the teacher – Are these expectations realistic? Teacher will share their experiences in relation to ethical dilemmas that many police officers experience and seek students opinions on the behaviour they would expect of a police officer – take into consideration the code of conduct, statement of ethics, legislation and OPM’s. Has things changed and how? Good or bad 43 College for Law and Justice Administration


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