Our handbook, written by Kenneth Peck gives us some insight into the constitutional rights associated with criminal justice employees. It covers such areas as freedom of speech, search and seizures, self incrimination, religious practices, sexual misconduct, residency requirements, moonlighting, misuse of firearms, alcohol and drugs and drug testing.
The state has a vital interest as an employer in regulating the speech of its employees with reasonable restrictions. The restrictions cannot be overly broad or in a way in which the government action is implied. Agencies may regulate/restrict the political behavior of employees. Without this employees can be ...view middle of the document...
Sexual conduct has always been a delicate area to address. The department may require that the officer maintain the high standards of the organization. Employees lose their right to privacy when it crosses the line to be debilitating to the departments image.
Many organizations where the tax payers are paying the salaries of the employees require that employees live in the geographical limits their jurisdiction. By requiring this on the belief is that it will provide familiarity with the area, and will allow for them to respond quickly in the event of emergencies. However the is the issue of when the area is of higher expense for residency or housing in unavailable.
In regards to moonlighting, many organizations allow this, as long as they are informed of the job beforehand. We must always remember that no matter where we are or what we are doing, we always represent the organization we work for, in or out of uniform. Think about it, when you meet people one of the first questions asked is where you work. From that moment on you represent that organization and anything you do is a direction reflection of the people that are employed there.
Misuse of firearms is definitely an area that the public keeps a close eye on. Generally organization should offer extensive training regularly to keep this issue at the forefront of the employees mind. ...