Discretion and Hiding Truth
- Chain of command in a police department
- Giving credit
When dealing with a situation to where you have to dispute a sort of misunderstanding, you have to be very confident in the resolution. I would have to sit and think about the chain of command within the department. I would go and try to find the missing information. Emotionally I would most likely be annoyed and not confidence of my work. If I entered the residence and found the bag of marijuana, then I should be the one to receive the recognition.
I would not challenge my sergeant because at any given time, my sergeant could come up with anyway to have me lose my job. What I would do is ask my sergeant who filed the report and other serious questions. I would do this because it would help me gather evidence towards what really happened to the material that I produced. The sergeant would know that making false statements is just as against the law as if it were someone in the community. At the end of the day, this is a part of police corruption. I would gather evidence from the officers whom were at the scene and take it to someone of higher authority
[...] This may seem like a way that someone whom is not an officer would act, which is correct. But if I were an officer, I would know that regardless of who brought in the material; those who were there know who to give correct credit to. When you are out trying to help solve a case, you are doing this to bring justice to your community. Doing this to only find self-gratitude would show your team how much you actually care about seeking justice for your community. [...]
[...] After I get everything I need, I would go to the lieutenant and explain to him that I was treated unfairly in filing a report. I would state that I found the material at the crime scene and that I should receive the recognition for it. For example, if he asked me why I felt this way I would explain that even if someone else brought it in, it was me who found it not them. Because you are an officer, you should remain calm at all times and avoid sounding like a child. [...]