Code Of Ethics: A Written Code Of Ethics

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A Written Code of Ethics A written code of ethics is known as a set of principles or rules that are used by a corporation or business, individuals and organizations to oversee their decision making in choices that deal with right and wrong. With some code of ethics depending on the contexts there are penalties or sanctions that can result from a violation. A code of ethics is usually used in a business or professional environment to guarantee the public that corporations and/or members of regulated professions are acting in a socially and professionally adequate behavior. Companies or organization that have established or published their code of ethics have in place a review process and a appeal procedure to guard against malevolent or self-serving…show more content…
The IACP code of ethics was initially written in 1957, and was later revised at a conference in Louisville, Kentucky, on October 17, 1989. During the graduation ceremony for many law enforcement personnel the law enforcement code of ethics is used as an oath ("NCJRS Abstract - National Criminal Justice Reference Service", 2016). In this code of ethics it affirms that officer’s fundamental duties are to serve the community; protect lives and property; guard the innocent against fraud, the weak against oppression, and the peaceful against violence; and also respect the constitutional rights of all to liberty, equality, and justice. The code of ethics also states that all officers have to keep their personal life untarnished and identify the badge they wear as a symbol of public trust and faith. The police code of conduct contains the ethical mandates that law enforcement officer use to perform their everyday duties. The guidelines in the code of ethics include things such as acting without prejudice, exercising good judgment, using deathly force only when necessary, and maintaining discretion, truthfulness, and a professional image at all times ("NCJRS Abstract - National Criminal Justice Reference Service",…show more content…
In ethics values form the basis for understanding. Values that are needed in all law enforcement employees are honesty, kindness, hard work, empathy, integrity, compassion, bravery, and justice. All of these values will help police officers to make the right decisions in their day to day work. Values and ethics are placed as the most important part of a police officer’s work from the very first days of their police academy ("Mission, Values, & Law Enforcement Code of Ethics", 2014). As mentioned earlier they first must agree to uphold the oath of office. The oath of office lays the groundwork for all officers in instilling ethical behavior. The code of ethics requires that all officers are not only prepared to enforce the law but also to follow it. Officers should be examples to all of society and they should always demonstrate the right way to conduct yourself, rather than to act entitled because they do have a badge. An officer’s badge should be a symbol of the public trust and not a symbol of a person that is entitled to

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