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CODE OF ETHICS

  

       My fundamental responsibility as a public safety officer is to serve the community, safeguard lives and property, protect the innocent, keep the peace, and ensure the constitutional rights of all are not abridged.

        I shall perform all duties impartially, without favor or ill will and without regard to status, sex, race, religion, creed, political belief or aspiration.  I will treat all citizens equally and with courtesy, consideration, and dignity.  I will never allow personal feelings, animosities, or friendships to influence my official conduct.

        I will never employ unnecessary force or violence, and will use only such force in the discharge of my duties as is objectively reasonable in all circumstances.  I will refrain from applying unnecessary infliction of pain or suffering and will never engage in cruel, degrading, or inhuman treatment of any person.

        Whatever I see, hear, or learn, which is of a confidential nature, I will keep in confidence unless the performance of duty or legal provision requires otherwise.

        I will not engage in nor will I condone any acts of corruption, bribery, or criminal activity; and shall disclose to the appropriate authorities all such acts.  I will refuse to accept any gifts, favors, gratuities, or promises that could be interpreted as favor or cause me to refrain from performing my official duties.

        I will strive to work in unison with all legally authorized agencies and their representatives in the pursuit of justice.

        I will be responsible for my professional development and will take reasonable opportunities to improve my level of knowledge and competence.

        I will at all times ensure that my character and conduct is admirable and will not bring discredit to my community, my agency, or my profession. 

        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 these objectives and ideals, dedicating myself before God to my chosen profession…..

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