Ethic Considerations in Law Enforcement and Forensic Science in the Digital Age

Ethical Considerations for Law Enforcement and Forensic Science in the Digital Age


Class Rules and Guidelines

Class Attire: Casual
Breaks: As permitted by the instructor (Usually one short break per hour)
Lunch: One hour
Starting Time: 8:00 A.M
Ending Time: 5:00 P.M
Participation of Students: Requested and appreciated
Required Materials: Various hand-outs
Testing: Various practical exercises, Final examination
Certificates of Completion: Presented at end of seminar

Course Duration

This course is 20 hours, 2.5days

Target Audience

Law Enforcement; Crime Scene Technicians; Forensic Scientists

Course Description

This course gives students foundational knowledge of what ethics are in general, and then applies them to those employed in law enforcement or forensic science. Once the foundation has been established, students are exposed to ethical considerations that must be made during the Digital Age of cell phones, social media, and the widespread availability and ease of transfer of digital media. The course ends with a presentation on how to include the use of electronic and digital media and data in departmental policy and procedure.

Course Objectives

  • Understand the difference between ethics and morals.
  • Be aware of the unique ethical challenges facing those in law enforcement.
  • Be aware of the unique ethical challenges facing those in forensic science.
  • Evaluate the ethical challenges of the Digital Age.
  • Assess whistleblowing and its implications for those involved.
  • Assess the need for their department to incorporate the use of digital media and data in policy and procedure.