Ethics & Law Enforcement

Course Overview & Objectives

Ethics & Law Enforcement Course

The Ethics course examines real-world situations and issues faced by law enforcement practitioners daily and throughout their careers. The core topics include defining ethics, perspective, the ethical climate of our current culture, and the principles of discretionary decision-making processes.

It features instructor-led lectures, class discussions, practical exercises, and a series of ethics-based case studies both online and in person.

Course Philosophy

Tactical52 offers a unique learning experience for onboarding and in-service law enforcement practitioners. The ethics course in grounded in core ethical principles of policing based on research, studies, and real-world experience. The Ethics Course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and strategies for them to apply in their daily encounters on and off the job.

Course Objectives

While the learning objectives remain the same, each course is tailored to the students and their level of understanding. A critical part of this course is to engage students in a deliberate manner to cultivate, develop and create new law enforcement cultural standards. This will help them make ethically sound decisions in fast-paced environments.

At the end of the Ethics Course, students will:

Be able to define ethics.
Learn the fundamental principles of ethics in policing.
Learn the concept of law enforcement duty to maintain a higher standard.
Identify and understand the importance of stakeholders, contemporary ethic issues, and effective strategies.

Ethics Course Instructors

Ken Abrams, Founder and Senior Instructor

With over 30 years of experience in law enforcement, both in the field and as an instructor, Mr. Abrams founded Tactical 52 to help law enforcement professionals at all levels successfully navigate today’s challenging policing environment.  With an emphasis on professional ethics and values, Ken and his experienced team of instructors demonstrate how to effectively manage real world situations.

Ken Abrams began his teaching vocation as a Marksmanship instructor for the United States Air Force at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. During his military service, he received an accelerated promotion to Non-commissioned officer; wherein as a young Non-commissioned Officer, he led a cadre of instructors selected to give a weapons exhibition and demonstration for a visiting presidential and vice-presidential delegation in 1986.

Years Later he was appointed by the Department of Justice, Bureau of Prisons (BOP)

To the position of Federal Correctional Officer. While working for the BOP, his duties included suppling supervision and care for federally housed inmates; including but not limited to, guidance to lower-ranking Correctional officers and staff. During his tenure with the BOP, he supervised a host of high-profile New York-based organized crime family members, notable John Gotti, Russian mafia boss Viktor Ivanov, and street gang leader, Kenneth ‘Supreme’ McGriff and members of his Organization.

In 1998, Ken was selected to attend and graduated from the Drug Enforcement Administrations’ (DEA) Basic Agent training course hosted by the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Following graduation, and throughout the course of his 19-year career; he worked as a DEA criminal investigator in DEA offices in New York, Washington DC, and Baltimore Maryland.

From 2005 through his retirement, he held a collateral Assignment as a Drug Prevention Advocate for DEA in the Washington Metropolitan area, wherein he sat as a non-voting board member for Washington DC Council of Government, and Chantilly, Virginia Drug Treatment and Prevention Community Coalition. Of Significant note, he was a drug/alcohol awareness Town Hall panel member in Fairfax County, Virginia event covered by C-Span and local media outlets.

In 2008, Ken was selected for the position of Instructor/Course Developer at the DEA Training Academy, in this assignment, he taught basic agents about the nuances of being a special agent, with a focused emphasis on the inherent dangers associated with undercover work. During this assignment, he was selected to attend and receive a certification form the Institute For Law Enforcement Administration, Plano, Texas, Ethics, Train and the Trainer Course in 2009. He also served as the public Information Officer – in this role he coordinated public relations activities, events, and media requests for DEA Academy Executive staff and the Training Academy’s community outreach programs.

In 2011 Ken was selected and promotions to the position of Country Attaché; at the US Embassy Bucharest, Romania; while in Romania, part of his duties included working in an International Intelligence Fusion Center, called SELEC. In this capacity, he worked closely and collaborated host and 17 other foreign law enforcement partners to develop strategic drug trafficking initiatives and agendas.

In 2013, he was assigned to the DEA Baltimore District Office; in this assignment he was selected as Supervisor of the Heroin Task Force in Baltimore, Maryland. In this assignment he served as the Team Leader in offices’ partnership with the Baltimore City’s Medical Examiner’s Office, Mayor’s Office, state and local law enforcement agencies, and other stake holding addressing the surge in fentanyl-heroin overdoses in Baltimore Maryland metropolitan area.

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Marshal Ward, Major General, USAF (Retired), Senior Instructor

General Ward has over 45 years of military leadership experience in strategic planning, operations, and policy development and over 10 years experience as a senior-level executive in the air and space defense industry.  He currently serves as Senior Advisor for National Security Space at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL) in Laurel, Maryland.


Marshal Ward is a major General, USAF (Retired) with over 45 years of experience of successful senior leadership experience in positions responsible for strategic planning, operations, and policy development. He also has over 10 years of executive-level industry experience leading geographically dispersed, high technology organizations. He served as a senior Advisor for the AF Space Command, the National Reconnaissance Office, and the CSAF Futures Wargames.

He is currently Senior Advisor for National Security Space at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physicals Laboratory (JHU/APL) and guest lecturer on U.S. Space Policy at the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering. Prior to joining JHU/APL, Marshal War served as the Chief Operating Officer of Integral Systems, Inc. in Columbia, MD and as the Vice President and General Manager for the Space Systems and Electronics division of BAE Systems, Inc in Merrimack, NH. As an Air Force General Officer, he served as the Director of Special Programs, in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, as Deputy Director of Operations & Training for HQ USAF in the Pentagon, Washington DC, and as Director of Operational Requirements for the Air Force Space Command in Colorado Springs, CO.

Marshal Ward began his military career as an enlisted Airman in 1966 and earned his commission through the Airman’s Education and Commissioning Program (AECP) and Officer Training School (OTS) in 1969. From 1970-1973, Marshal Ward served as an Airborne Weather Reconnaissance Officer Aboard the WC-130 aircraft and flew into the eye of 16 named hurricanes as a USAF Hurricane Hunter. He earned his pilot wings in 1974 at Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma where he received honors as Distinguished Graduate and recipient of the Air Training Command Commanders Trophy. As a C-141 aircraft commander, he participated in several historic military operations including Operations Babylift in Vietnam in 1975; Operation Team Spirit in Korean in 1978; and Operation Desert One in Iran in 1979. He retired from active duty in August 2001 and was awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster.

He has a Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology from the Florida State University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Auburn University. He is also a graduate of the Joint Services General Officer Capstone Course, the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, the Air Command and Staff College, and the Squadron Officer School.

Marshal Ward is Founder and CEO of Aloha Spirit Consulting LLC, a Space and Defense Consulting company headquartered in Bedford, New Hampshire and is on the Board of Advisors for the Rogue Space Systems Corporation of Laconia, New Hampshire.