I. Code of Ethics (COE)
A code of ethics is a personal or organizational set of codified standards of conduct guiding the organizational or businesses philosophy. As an example, the California Law Enforcement Code of Ethics serves as the ethical guide allowing officers to traverse two worlds, namely, the officers work place world subscribing to its own set ethical of precepts, and the officer’s intimate, personal world, meaning life at home. When personal core beliefs occasionally come into conflict with work ethics, it is important to solve the dilemma in a way that maintains organizational ethical standards of the profession without sacrificing individual core principles. Every sworn law enforcement officer in California is sworn to uphold the ethical code stated below as mandated by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (also known as CA POST).
3-1. Code of Ethics: To insure that all peace officers are fully aware of their individual responsibilities to maintain their own integrity and that of their agency, every peace officer, during basic training, or at the time of appointment, shall be administered the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics, as prescribed in Regulation 1013 (California Commission, 2013).
Code of Ethics
3-2. 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 (California Commission, 2013).
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 (California Commission, 2013).
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 (California Commission, 2013).
I recognize the badge of my office as a symbol of public faith, and I accept it as a public trust to be held so long as I am true to the ethics of the police service. I will constantly strive to achieve these objectives and ideals, dedicating myself before God to my chosen profession...law enforcement (California Commission, 2013).
It seems these principles are easily...