****FOR NYANA 7/22******************

Discussion Board Wk 4:

Define and distinguish among the three levels of loyalty: personal loyalty, organizational loyalty, and integrated loyalty. What should an honest practitioner do if two levels are in conflict? Make sure you use information from the text to support your information.

When citing, please use APA style. Please elaborate on your answer. 


The discussion board participation grade will be determined by the following categories:

  • Post responses that adequately address the assigned topic.
  • Proper grammar, sentence structure, and sources are required in your communications on the discussion board.
  • The posts must be formatted according to the APA manual.
  • All posts are due on the listed date, NO LATE WORK.
  • Participate in meaningful discussion in the forums with three of your peers.
  • You cannot use “I agree” or “I disagree.”
  • Post must be a minimum of 150 words.

****You will need to write an initial post, then reply to the following three post also.******

1st person: 

Personal loyalty can be defined as being loyal to ones own set of morals, standards and beliefs. Personal loyalty can also be defined as loyalty toward a person, such as a superior or person of authority. 

Organizational loyalty can be defined as a person (employee) being committed to an organization or group. Per Close & Meier, “To think we as a company or corporation loyalty requires us to think of that company as a person or as a group with a goal of human fulfillment” (p. 188).

Integrated loyalty refers to the ideals and values of a profession. As it relates to criminal justice, it is loyalty to ones duties of justice. Per Close & Meier,”Among our duties to be fair, to be honest and to avoid inflicting or contributing to the needless suffering of others. These are strict duties; that is, they are duties which we owe to everyone” (p. 198).

If confronted with conflicting levels of loyalty, an honest practioner should act upon ones own personal set of morals. The problem with “blind” loyalty is that it can cause one to discriminate against a group, person, or organization in favor of another. Loyalty lasts as long as it is beneficial, therefore it is best to be honest with ones self. 


Close, D. & Meier, N. (2003). Morality in criminal justice: An introduction to ethics.

Belmont, CA. Wadsworth Publishing.

2nd person:

Personal loyalty can be defined as mechanical in nature, where the employees supports their superior, but should make this more valuable than institutional loyalty (“Personal Loyalty Syndrome – Do My Essay,” n.d.).

Integrated loyalty is defined as the genuine concern of the employee in regards to the profession, values and ideals of the workplace. The employee not only has workplace loyalty, but integrates institutional loyalty.

Institutional loyalty includes the subordinates and superiors who all support the task. This loyalty is put in place before the superior (“Personal Loyalty Syndrome – Do My Essay,” n.d.).  

If an honest practitioner should solve the conflict by remembering their morals and if they are officers they should remember what they were sworn to execute the law, and that unethical can be illegal (Close & Meier, 2003, p. 175).


Close, D., & Meier, N. (2003). Morality in criminal justice: An introduction to ethics. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/Thomas Learning.

Personal Loyalty Syndrome – Do My Essay. (n.d.). Retrieved July 20, 2017, from https://donemyessay.com/personal-loyalty-syndrome/

3rd person:

Personal loyalty is a devotion or attachment to someone or something.  Personal loyalty is found in a variety of places such as our relationships with our family or friends.  It is why we make the decisions we make.  It is the drive behind the decisions.  Organizational loyalty is wanting an organization such as a place of employment to be successful because we get a reward from the success. Integrated loyalty is a loyalty to a career for example in the criminal justice field we sometimes must choose justice over our own personal loyalty.  We must pick what is best for all not just what is best for us because it is the right thing to do. When it comes to conflicts of the different levels of loyalty it is important a professional look at all the options, and look past what is best for him.  He must think what his actions will cause for the majority.  “Obligation to respect the rights of others has to come before considerations of what is best for my company, family, neighborhood, etc.” (Shelley, 2010, p. 199).


Close, D., & Meier, N. (1995).  Morality in criminal justice an introduction to ethics.  Belmont,  

California: Wadsworth Publishing Company.

TEXTBOOK FOR THIS CLASS:  Close, D., & Meier, N. (2003). Morality in criminal justice: An introduction to ethics. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/Thomas Learning

We should have a total of four post…..Initial post and a reply to each person listed above. Thanks