Law Enforcement Code of Ethics
Throughout my book, ‘Reign of Injustice’ several law enforcement actions were addressed that I perceived as serious examples of either a direct violation and/or a complete disregard of the oath of office. Specifically, regarding character, honor, integrity, betrayal and public trust. In-other-words - all the above.
Also mandated as part of their training, is to learn and follow the ethical guidelines set forth in the ‘Law Enforcement Code of Ethics.’ Which goes above and beyond the oath of office. It reads as follows:
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 weak against oppression or intimidation, and the peaceful against violence or disorder; and to respect the Constitutional rights of all people 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 or ridicule; develop self-restraint; and to be mindful of the welfare of others. I will remain 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 the Force. 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 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 the police service. I will constantly strive to achieve these objectives and ideals, dedicating myself to my chosen profession…law enforcement.
Whenever I read or think about the ‘Code’ I’m always reminded of the many troubling violations that occurred in the original SP pursuit of Cal Harris. But even more troubling was the more shameful violations that took place while attempting to salvage their case against Cal. Which was compounded further when failing to investigate other viable suspects.
“Ignorance can be temporary. Remedied only by asking the right questions.”
“They may choose to look the other way but can no longer say they didn’t know.”