Question – You are the inspector in charge of a city police station. The police station building is in dire need of repair, but has not received any grant for years. One day, a cyclone hits the adjacent area, damaging most of the houses and shops. Although your police station is partially damaged, most of the building remains intact. The government sends a disaster assessment team to ascertain the level of damage and pay the relief amount. Your DSP orders you to do the following:
a) Hire some laborers and destroy the remaining parts of your police station building.
b) When the disaster assessment team arrives, you tell them that the building has collapsed due to the cyclone and ask them to prioritize funding, as all police stations are the most important public offices in a city. What are the options available to you in this case? Evaluate their usefulness and limitations. Which option would you follow? Why would? – 25 July 2021
Option 1: Hire workers and demolish the building:
- You will be praised by your seniors and fellow colleagues for following orders.
- You may also be considered for future awards and promotions.
- You will always be in a good list of your senior and they will help you in future.
- You will find a renovated police station where you can handle the cases better.
- You have to lie and you will fail to take the oath of office and will also fail the integrity test.
- You are liable to be prosecuted for corruption / hateful corruption.
- Accountable for prosecution for professional misconduct.
- It will show apathy in the people and take away important resources from most of the needy.
Option 2: Deny commands explicitly:
- Will keep his oath of office and save himself from future punishment.
- The shelf life of lies and deception is short and if it comes out in future, it will become a black mark in your career, so you avoid this kind of situation.
- Failure to follow the orders of seniors will make you a villain in the department and everyone in your department will try to avoid you.
- You may be moved to a remote location in the future and you may also get reports of poor performance from your seniors in the future.
- Refuse the orders: Deny the orders of the DSP and talk to them about the merits and the losses and talk about future results that both of you would not like to see.
- Talk to the evaluation team: Inform the evaluation team about the real facts and show them the disadvantages. And reassure them that another such cyclone will not only damage the building, but may also put many lives at risk.
- Make it to the executive’s notice: Show the government a proper report about the lack of maintenance, the damage caused by the cyclone and its effects. And tell the government the possible consequences if they do not immediately release the funds due to protests by media trail, court cases, human rights groups etc.
It is better to adopt the third option because it contains many features and very little demerit such as it may take time but it will also save us from court cases and our jobs.