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Police Codes of Ethics

INTRODUCTION

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

Of course, the great majority of police ********** go to work every day and are routinely prepared ***** 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 any community ***** tremendous power, and it's important that the officers to whom the public entrust their safety ***** in honorable and ethical ways.

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

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

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

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

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

***** shall administer the law in a just, impartial,

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