Ethics in Law Enforcement

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Ethics in law enforcement is a large subject and covers a detailed description in which a law enforcement official may behave. The Law Enforcement Code of Ethics is clearly written and very detailed. All persons who enter the criminal justice field must follow these rules in order to ensure a strong and positive conviction. If not in a case where a conviction is sought, these rules must also be followed in the field. A case, a criminal conviction or the employment of the law enforcement official can be jeopardized if this Code of Ethics is not obeyed.

“Law Enforcement Code of Ethics”

“As a Law Enforcement Officer, my fundamental duty is to serve mankind; to safeguard lives and property; to protect the innocent against deception, the week 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, 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 laws of the land 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, animosities or friendships to influence my decisions. With no compromise for crime and with relentless prosecution of criminal, 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 as long s I am true to the ethics of the police...
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