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Police Codes of Ethics


***** all police departments have some kind of formal "Code of Ethics," or guidelines that tell the members of the police f*****ce what is and is not acceptable behavior. The people these *****ficers are sworn to serve ***** protect expect ethical ***** from those officers, and in fact there are times when public or ********** safety depends on the *****' determination to act in ***** and honest ways. Meanwhile, we hear horrific stories about police force abuse, including cases where police officers ***** been caught selling drugs to ***** incident in New York some years ago where a suspect in custody was terribly *****d while in custody.

Of course, the great majority of ***** ********** go to work every day and are routinely prepared to put their lives on the line for others, conduct their professional with dignity ***** good judgment, and never once commit an offense that would place their name on a list of officers who had violated the public's faith, or any laws. Never*****less, the police in ***** community have tremendous power, and it's important that the ***** to whom the public entrust ***** safety act in honorable and ethical ways.

Because of the Internet, it is possible for concerned c*****izens and anyone else to view ***** ***** of Ethics for many police departments across the country. This paper will compare ***** contrast the Code of Conduct for Washington, D. C. and two other cities -- *****enver ***** Detroit. It ***** compare Washington, D. C. and the ***** two cities because ***** a remarkable coincidence: Denver's ***** Detroit's Codes of Conduct are nearly identical, word ***** word.

Washington D. C.'s Code ***** Conduct was written by Interim Chief of Police Sonya T. Proctor after a period of turmoil in ***** police department. ***** reads,

*****he ***** of the police to fulfill *****ir functions is dependent upon securing and maintaining community respect and approval, which includes obtaining the community's willingness to cooperate in the task of ensuring safety. The extent to which the community will cooperate with the Metropolitan ***** Department ***** dependent upon its respect for, and confidence in, the police. The extent ***** which ***** community's respect and trust can be secured is diminished when a member of the ***** acts in an unprofessional, improper, dis*****, or unlawful manner.

In any ef*****t to streng*****n the citizen-police officer relationship, ***** personal conduct and attitude of the police ***** is of paramount imp*****tance. Each member ***** ***** force must understand that the basis of the police service is a desire ********** a willingness ***** serve ***** community. In order to earn the respect and trust of the community, all sworn and civilian employees of ***** ***** Police ***** must subscribe to the following:

Members shall regard their office as a public trust *****, in the discharge of *****ir duties, be constantly mindful ***** their primary obligation to serve the community honestly, efficiently, and effectively.

***** ***** administer ***** law in a just, imp*****rtial,


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