Ethics Case Study – 11

You are the Station House Officer of a police station. Recently, there has been a spurt in theft incidents in your area. Some of these incidents have occurred even during daytime. The Resident Welfare Association has blamed the laborers, residing in night shelters, for the crimes.

The night shelters are a result of an initiative by the police to help the homeless people to seek refuge from the biting cold at night. You have taken great pains to get these night-shelters up and running. The record of all those who stay in these night shelters, for instance, their names and identity proofs, is kept with the police. But the police have no information if any one of them has a past criminal record.

Even as an investigation regarding the thefts is going on, the RWA members are demanding to dismantle these night shelters and to not allow these laborers to reside near their homes.

  1. What are the options available to you?
  2. Evaluate each option and suggest the best course of action?

20 marks / 250 words.

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