Review the following scenario. After evaluating the three theories discussed in Chapter 4 of your text that attempt to explain behavior, apply which of the three theories you most believe explains the actions of the officer in the scenario? Could more than one of the theories explain his behavior? Why? What steps could Bob’s supervisors take to encourage an ethical decision?
Bob is a police officer assigned to the juvenile division. Bob has been working a drug dealer in a local neighborhood for months. He knows the dealer is responsible not only for selling drugs to minors, but also recruiting minors to sell for him. None of the prior cases have stuck so Bob is desperate to make a case against the dealer. Bob arrests one of the local juveniles on bogus charges in order to convince him to become an informant because he is related to the suspected drug dealer.