Law Enforcement Code of Ethics

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Law Enforcement Code of Ethics

 my fundamental duty is to serve the
 community; 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 to liberty, equality, and justice.

I will keep my private life unsullied as an example
 to all and will behave in a manner that
 does not bring discredit to me or my agency.
 I will maintain courageous and calm
 in the face of danger, scorn, or ridicule;
 develop self-restraint; and be constantly
 mindful of the welfare of others.

Honest in thought and deed in both my personal
 and official life, I will be exemplary in obeying the law
 and the regulations of my department.
 Whatever I see or hear 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 permit personal feelings,
 prejudices, political beliefs, aspirations, animosities, or
 friendships to influence my decisions. With no
 compromise for crime and with relentless
 prosecution of criminals, I will enforce the law
 courteously and appropriately without fear or favor,
 malice, or ill will, never employing 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 police service. I will never engage
 in acts of corruption or bribery, nor will I condone
 such acts by other police officers. I will cooperate
 with all legally authorized agencies and their
 representatives in the pursuit of justice.

I know that I alone am responsible for my own
 standard of professional performance and will take every
 reasonable opportunity to enhance and improve
 my level of knowledge and competence.
 I will constantly strive to achieve these objectives
 and ideals, dedicating myself before God to my chosen profession -
 Law Enforcement.