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Dr. Craig Ferrell, adjunct government and criminal justice professor, had an article published in the November 2012 issue of “The Police Chief,” the official magazine of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
IACP is a professional organization dedicated to addressing issues in law enforcement and providing training to members. Ferrell’s article was selected from among a number of other submissions from contributors around the nation.
Ferrell said he was pleased to see one of his ideas published, even more so because he was able to incorporate his Christian values into the article.
Ferrell added that the article, titled “Ethics and Professionalism – No Lying, Cheating or Stealing!” is self-explanatory.
According to the article, it is important to be concise when teaching proper ethics and standards for professionalism. Instead of teaching officers the complicated legal jargon written by lawyers, HPD implemented an attention-grabbing message: no lying, cheating or stealing.
With an increasing influence on ethics in the workplace, the article advises other police departments in the nation on the solution Ferrell used at the Houston Police Department. With any large corporation, each department may focus on a different philosophy and goal. According to the article, a central set of ethical rules for discipline aligns everyone to the same standards, although promulgating these rules may be difficult.
The article also reminds officers to remember the Golden Rule in Luke 6:31, “Do to others as they would do to you.” When officers act with the belief that their actions are lawful and proper, they have a legal defense for any civil rights lawsuit.
Michael Santana, a senior in Ferrell’s criminal justice class, believes the article adds credibility to Ferrell and his teaching style because it addresses the same problems discussed in class.
“We see how he helped implement those ideas in the HPD and is further helping other police departments with their own policies,” Santana said.
Students taking criminal justice classes will be able to minor in the field starting spring 2014. They will benefit from Ferrell’s publication, since it will teach students about the balance between Christian values and individual rights necessary for public safety.
“The criminal justice program we are hoping to develop at HBU will give students the ability to obtain a top notch education with the emphasis on ethics and Christian values,” Ferrell said.
Students interested in the criminal justice system from an ethical standpoint can take the introduction to criminal justice course in the fall of 2013, which will be offered as a general elective. Santana believes an education based on ethics can be beneficial for all students.
“Seeing how organizations such as these handle problems can be instructive to someone preparing to enter any field,” Santana said.