GEOFFREY SMITHThe Tasmanian Law Society Churchill Fellowship to study police ethics and the manner in which this subject is taught to police officers - USA
I have continued working with Tasmania Police since the Fellowship and now hold the position of Commander-in-charge of the Special Response and Counter-Terrorism Unit.
In my spare time I enjoy bush-walking and playing the saxophone.
Policing can be an ethically challenging and problematic profession. The ethical dimension of policing is one that confronts its practitioners on a regularity that far exceeds most other occupations and professions. I considered that providing police officers the skills to intellectually solve ethical problems and preparing them for real-life challenges, rather than simply relying upon inculcated organisational rules would produce improved professional outcomes and, consequently, community service delivery.
FELLOWSHIP CONCLUSIONS & OUTCOMES
I focussed my Fellowship in the United States. I had the benefit of experiencing the academic delivery of criminal justice ethics courses at the Long Island University, New York and then overlaying this material upon witnessed practitioner teaching at the New York City Police Department Academy and the Federal Bureau of Investigation Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
The Fellowship enabled me to introduce the study of police ethics into the recruit training course curriculum at the Tasmania Police Academy. Some years later, I also re-introduced ethics into the curriculum for senior police managers and executives at the Australian Institute of Police Management in Sydney, NSW.