Police Liability and Code of Ethics

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The police officer is held to a higher standard than the rest of the general public because of the position that he/she holds. The profession of upholding the law comes with a code that one must follow in order to do this job correctly. If the code is broken then corruption becomes a problem and liability falls on the officer. Police can be held criminally liable for many things. If an officer follows the code of ethics and lives by it then it will help increase the ability for the officer to effectively function. •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 men to liberty, equality and justice (Policecodes, 2012). •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 be constantly mindful of the welfare of others. 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 my department. 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 (Policecodes, 2012). •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 (Policecodes, 2012). •I recognize the badge of my office as a symbol of public faith,

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