Code of Ethics
Length: 537 words (1.5 double-spaced pages)
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As a law enforcement officer, my fundamental duty is to serve mankind; to safeguard lives and property; to protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation, and the peaceful against violence or disorder; and to respect the constitutional rights of all men to liberty, equality and justice.
I will keep my private life unsullied as an example to all; maintain courageous calm in the face of danger, scorn or ridicule; develop self-restraint; and to be constantly mindful of the welfare of others. Honest in thought and deed both in my personal and official life, I will be exemplary in obeying the laws of the land and the regulations of my department. Whatever I hear or see of a confidential nature or that is confided to me in my official capacity will be kept ever secret unless revelation is necessary in the performance of my duty.
I will never act officiously or let personal feelings, prejudices, animosities or friendships to influence my decisions. With no compromise for crime and with relentless prosecution of criminals, I will enforce the law cautiously and appropriately without fear or favor, malice or ill will, never employ unnecessary force or violence and never accepting gratuities.
I recognize the badge of my office as a symbol of public faith, and I accept it as a public trust to be held so long as I am true to the ethics of the police service. I will constantly strive to achieve the objectives and ideals, dedicating myself before God to my chosen profession-Law Enforcement.
Most important elements:
1. to safe-guard lives and property: It is very important that police officers try to protect their citizens to the very best of their ability. Also it is important that the also protect our property and belongings.
2. respect the constitutional rights of all men to liberty: Our constitutional rights are very important, and it is important to say that if we do not have our rights we might as well not have anything. Without these rights no one is equal.
3. maintain courageous calm in the face of danger: I think that this is very important, police officers must not bring their family problems on the job with them. Doing this will only cause more problems for both his occupation and his family life.
4. I will never act officiously or let personal feelings, prejudices, animosities or friendships to influence my decisions: This is also very important because letting your personal life interfere with you and your work can only bring problems.
Like for instance what if the car you pulled over for drinking an driving was being operated by one of your good friends???
What would you do??? A police officer should never think twice about what to do. They should know the right and wrong always.
5. I will enforce the law cautiously and appropriately without fear or favor: A officer should do their job with no regrets. They should take on everyday with the thought in mind that they are going to make a difference in the lives of the people they are suppose to protect. Another important step in enforcing the law is to view everyone as they are the same. No Favorites.