Organizations today have created rules and regulations that govern the conduct of the employees. Even though the rules are binding depending on the nature of work the employees indulge in, the freedom to associate with whomever one chooses remains a constitutional right of each employee (Turvey & Crowder, 2013). This provision allows employees to interact with everyone irrespective of the organization he/she works for, organizational rank, race, gender and other factors that make up the social aspects of humanity.
While the freedom to associate remains a choice of the employee, some organizations with regard to the nature of work they indulge might deter their employees from exercising their constitutional provision of interaction as it might compromise with service delivery. One such organization is a law enforcement agency which has the mandate to ensure that there is law and order in the community irrespective of their relationship with whomever they have jurisdiction over (Avery, 2014).. Their operations are bound by the basic values that provide for responsible stewardship, respect and excellence and the need for personal development ensuring that the dignity of their clients and employers are maintained.
The freedom of association for law enforcement agency employees might be compromised so as to ensure equal protection of the parties involved in an enforcement case, when there is need for particular information to remain a secret and when there are similar provisions in the public sector employment requiring the interests of the clients in a law enforcement process be protected (Avery, 2014). It is however important to note that the employees are not denied the freedom to associate with everybody, there are regulations that govern the denial of association with specified individuals who are in most cases part of the case they are handling. Also, there are limitations on the kind of interactions they might indulge in when the law requires that the binding law be absconded for a while.
Avery, I. T. (2014). Legal issues in criminal justice administration, (2nd ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing. ISBN-13: 978-1-305-30540-3
Turvey, B. E., & Crowder, S. (2013). Ethical justice: Applied issues for criminal justice students and professionals. Oxford: Elsevier Academic Press.