The Connection between Personal and Organizational Ethics
Employees of law enforcement agencies are expected to practice ethical conduct in both their personal lives and professional lives. Overall, the law enforcement industry hires men and women who meet the ethical expectations of society. However, there is a need to address the ethical conduct of the organizations for which the individuals spend a lifetime working. The expectations of an organization for its employees to act in an ethical manner must be reinforced with the ethical actions of the organization itself. Without reinforcement from the organization practicing ethical conduct, an employee may be less inclined to operate in an ethical manner. Fortunately, most law enforcement officers will conduct themselves in an ethical manner irrespective of the ethical conduct of their organization. However, some employees may use the unethical practices of an organization to justify their own unethical behaviors. Recognizing the impact of ethical conduct expectations for the individual and the organization allows manager to further develop the ethical practices internally and externally for its public safety personnel.
Al Cobos has over 31 years of law enforcement experience with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD). He holds a Master’s Degree in Emergency Services Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocational Arts from California State University, Long Beach. He is an award-winning faculty member of the University of Phoenix, Southern California Campus for his research course development in managing teams. He currently serves as a Sergeant at the LASD Training Bureau’s Education-Based Discipline/Leadership Unit where his primary responsibilities lie with training personnel who have been disciplined. He is also responsible for developing executives, supervisors, recruits, civilian/professional staff, and instructors in their pursuits on the Department. He is the primary consultant and owner of Dychelon LLC which is a Human Resources training provider.
Al Cobos has earned the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, Master Instructor Certification and the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST) National Instructor Certification.
He provides specialized training for any organization in the areas of Team Building & Management, Creating Culture Change in Originations, Personal and Organizational Ethics, Alternative Discipline for Employees, Motivating Employees, Critical Thinking, Instructor Development, and Implicit Bias. Al Cobos works toward helping people in their personal and professional endeavors.