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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 ***** the police f*****ce what is and is not acceptable behavior. The people these officers are sworn to serve and protect expect ethical ***** from those *****, and in fact there are times when public or *****dividual safety depends on the officers' determination to act in ethical 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 ***** custody was terribly abused while in *****.

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

***** of the Internet, it is possible for concerned citizens 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 -- Denver ***** Detroit. It will compare Washington, D. C. and the other two cities because of a remarkable coincidence: ********** and Detroit's Codes of Conduct are nearly identical, word ***** word.

***** D. C.'s Code of 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 ***** approval, which includes obtaining the ********** willingness ***** cooperate in the task of ensur*****g safety. The extent to which the community will cooperate with ***** Metropolitan ***** Department is dependent upon its respect for, and confidence in, the police. The extent ***** which the community's respect and trust can be secured is diminished when a member of the ***** ********** in an unprofessional, improper, dishonest, 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 ***** of ***** force must understand ***** the basis of the police service is a desire and a willingness to ***** ***** community. In order to earn the respect and trust of the *****, all ***** and civilian employees of ***** ***** Police Department must subscribe to the following:

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

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


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