West Virginia Ethics Commission members had to block a great idea recently-but that doesn’t mean it should not be rethought and tried again.
Commissioners ruled on a proposal by the police force in an unnamed municipality, to hand out “good deed cards” to people officers see engaged in desirable behavior. Noticing a child wearing a helmet while bicycling was mentioned.
Ethics panel members rightly noted the cards would be furnished by a restaurant and could be redeemed for free food. That would be an improper endorsement of the specific restaurant, commissioners decided.
Still, it’s a wonderful idea – one the state’s law enforcement agencies may want to consider. Surely there’s some way to tweak it to make it ethically acceptable.