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Police Codes of Ethics


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

Of course, the great majority of police officers go to work every day and are routinely prepared ***** put their lives on the line for others, conduct ***** professional with dignity ***** good judgment, and never once commit an offense ***** 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 officers to whom the public entrust ***** safety act in h*****orable and ethical ways.

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

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

The power of the police to fulfill ********** functions is dependent upon securing and maintaining community respect and approval, which includes obtaining the *****'s willingness to cooperate in the task of ensur*****g safety. The extent ***** ***** the community will cooperate with ***** Metropolitan Police Department is dependent ***** its respect *****, ***** confidence in, the police. The extent to which ***** community's respect and trust can be secured is diminished when a member of the department acts in an unprofessional, improper, dishonest, or unlawful m*****ner.

In any effort ***** strengthen the citizen-police officer relationship, ***** personal conduct and attitude of the police officer is of paramount importance. Each member ***** the force must understand that the basis of the police service is a desire ********** a willingness to serve ***** community. In order to earn the respect and trust of the *****, all ***** and civilian employees of the Metropolitan Police Department ***** subscribe to ***** following:

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

Members shall administer the law in a just, imp*****rtial,


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