Whistle-blowers At The RCMP – Case Study Example
Running head: WHISTLE BLOWERS AT RCMP Whistle Blowers at RCMP 12 February Executive Summary This paper is about the ethical behavior of whistle blowers at RCMP when they went to public
with charges of fraud, misrepresentation, corruption and nepotism against the leadership of RCMP.
Background & Statement of Problem
In 2007, four members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) went to the public and disclosed its hidden realities like nepotism, corruption and fraud. This paper will describe (1) what is ethics and ethics relevant to the situation at RCMP (2) four ethical criteria for ethical decision making and what ethical criteria for the situation at RCMP (3) the meaning of the term of whistle blowing and the problems faced by them.
A case in which an employee or member of the organization inform the authority or public about
the illegal activities occurred in the organization. There are many problems faced by the whistle blowers when they point out the illegal problem in the organization. They have to face potential retaliation: demotion, loss of job and friends, blacklisting in industry, innuendo, or even possibly violence. They often get into trouble when they point out the illegal activities within the organization because the persons who are involves in illegal activities does not want to open these secrets and if the authorities are also involved then whistle blowers have to face many problems like blacklisting and loss of job etc. The whistle blowers also face problems when they place the problem according to the public then they are considered as they were not loyal with the organization. And also when no proper investigation are performed for the problem. But one must consider that no one can hide truth so one day whistle blowers become heroes for the public if their reports are based on truth.
Ethics is the branch of philosophy that involves in giving the systematic way, and to defend and
recommend the concepts of right and wrong behaviors. Major areas of study in ethics include:
Meta ethics it is the field that deals with the problem to understand about what is right and what is wrong. The actions of the whistleblowers relates to the study of Meta ethics as he understand and know much about what he was saying. Normative Ethics it is the field that deals what makes actions right or wrong. The Public investigation relates to study of applied ethics however the internal investigations launched by the RCMP should be more appropriate that there is no need for public investigation to disclose the real facts. Applied Ethics it is the field that makes disciplines for real life situations like business ethics, public service ethics. The appropriate rules should be made by the department of RCMP if they do not want to face such types of situations in future.
Analysis of Alternatives
In Normative ethics there are several approaches to describe values in guiding ethical decision
making. Four of them are: (1) Utilitarian approach, (2) Individualism approac, (3) Moral rights approach and (4) Justice approach. Utilitarian approach this is the approach that greatest good for greatest number is produced by the moral behaviors. Individualism approach according to this approach acts are moral when they promote individual’s best long term interests. Moral rights approach this approach is that ethical decision are those that best maintain the rights of those people who are effected by it. Justice approach this approach is that ethical decisions are those that are based on the standards of equity, fairness and impartiality.
The best suitable approach for the situation at RCMP is the Moral rights approach. In this approach six moral rights should be considered during decision making that are right of free consent, right of privacy, right of freedom conscience, right of free speech, right to due process and right and safety (Coon, 1986).
Coon, D., (1986). Introduction to psychology : exploration and application (4th ed. ed.). St. Paul: West Pub. Co.. pp. 476–478