MINOR GRATUITIES 3
Thepolice should not accept minor gratuities for services they render.It is not part of their code of conduct to accept gratuities, and atthe same time, it is not part of the public ethical practice to givegratuities. As much as other occupations receive gratuities, thepolice service is part of the disciplined forces that follow adifferent code of conduct (Peak, 2012). In addition, acceptance ofgratuities is a step towards the growth of police corruption andcompromise of their integrity. This is because the acceptance ofgratuities from the public cultivates a culture of accepting evenbigger amounts of favors in exchange of the services they areemployed offer.
Takingof gratuities will lead to an expectation of a gain every time apolice officer offers his or her services to the public. For example,if an officer anticipates an absence of a gratuity, he or she maygive poor or no service at all. If they are allowed to acceptgratuities, they may abuse the kindness and appreciation from thepublic and turn it into a requirement for special services (Peak,2012). In addition, gratuities are gifts that cannot be monitored,which makes their taxation or regulation impossible.
Despitethe stand against minor gratuities, it fair to the public if thepolice are allowed to accept minor gratuities they are offered. Thisis because some people are moved by the selfless service by thepolice, that they want to appreciate with minor gifts (Banks, 2013).However, the police should not offer special or preferential servicesto the donors of such gratuities. But since this regulation isdifficult, police officers may get out of their conduct. Therefore,they should not be allowed to accept minor gratuities.
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