posted on Jun, 17 2009 @ 05:02 AM
This is the code of ethics that they are issued and, after reading, must sign and date showing they have read and understood what is expected of
Primary Responsibility of a Police Officer
"A police officer acts as an official representative of government who is required and trusted to work within the law. The officer's powers and
duties are conferred by statute. The fundamental duties of a police officer include serving the community; safeguarding lives and property; protecting
the innocent; keeping the peace; and ensuring the rights of all to liberty, equality, and justice."
Performance of the Duties of a Police Officer
"A police officer shall perform all duties impartially, without favor of affection or ill will and without regard to status, sex, race, religion,
political belief or aspiration. All citizens will be treated equally with courtesy, consideration, and dignity."
"Officers will never allow personal feelings, animosities or friendships to influence official conduct. Laws will be enforced appropriately and
courteously and, in carrying out their responsibilities, officers will strive to obtain maximum cooperation from the public. They will conduct
themselves in appearance and deportment in such a manner as to inspire confidence and respect for the position of public trust they hold."
"A police officer will use responsibly the discretion vested in the position and exercise it within the law. The principles of reasonableness will
guide the officer's determinations and the officer will consider all surrounding circumstances in determining whether any legal action shall be
"Consistent and wise use of discretion, based on professional policing competence, will do much to preserve good relationships and retain the
confidence of the public. There can be difficulty in choosing between conflicting courses of action. It is important to remember that a timely word of
advice rather than arrest - which may be correct in appropriate circumstances - can be a more effective means of achieving a desired end."
"Whatever a police officer sees, hears or learns of, which is of a confidential nature, will be kept secret unless the performance of duty or legal
provision requires otherwise.
Members of the public have a right to security and privacy, and information obtained about them must not be improperly divulged."
"A police officer will not engage in acts of corruption or bribery, nor will an officer condone such acts by other police officers."
"The public demands that the integrity of police officers be above reproach. Police officers must, therefore, avoid any conduct that might compromise
integrity and thus undercut the public confidence in a law enforcement agency. Officers will refuse to accept any gifts, presents, subscriptions,
favors, gratuities or promises that could be interpreted as seeking to cause the officer to refrain from performing official responsibilities honestly
and within the law. Police Officer must not receive private or special advantage from their official status. Respect from the public cannot be bought;
it can only be earned and cultivated."
Cooperation with Other Officers and Agencies
"Police officers will cooperate with all legally authorized agencies and their representatives in the pursuit of justice."
"Any officer or agency may be one among many organizations that may provide law enforcement services to a jurisdiction. It is imperative that a
police officer assist colleagues fully and completely with respect and consideration at all times."
"Police officers will be responsible for their own standard of professional performance and will take every reasonable opportunity to enhance and
improve their level of knowledge and competence."
"Through study and experience, a police officer can acquire the high level of knowledge and competence that is essential for the efficient and
effective performance of duty. The acquisition of knowledge is a never-ending process of personal and professional development that should be pursued
"Police officers will behave in a manner that does not bring discredit to their agencies or themselves."
"A police officer's character and conduct while off duty must always be exemplary, thus maintaining a position of respect in the community in which
he or she lives and serves. The officer's personal behavior must be beyond reproach."
Code of Ethics
The Law Enforcement Code of Ethics as promulgated by the International Association of Chiefs of Police in 1991 is hereby adopted for the Police
Division of the University Police Department with amendments as included below:
"As a Law Enforcement Officer, 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 which does not bring discredit to me or my agency. I will
maintain courageous 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 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 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 accept it as a public trust to be held so long as I am true to the ethics of the
police service. I will never engage in acts of 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 opportunity to enhance and improve my level
of knowledge and competence."
"I will constantly strive to achieve these objectives and ideals, dedicating myself to my chosen profession ... law enforcement."
Each commissioned officer of the University of Oklahoma Police Department is issued a personal copy of this Code of Ethics which s/he will is required
to sign and date as part of the departmental basic training process.
[edit on 17-6-2009 by whitewave]