Law Enforcement Code of Ethics

AS A LAW ENFORCEMENT EMPLOYEE, my fundamental duty is to serve the community; 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 to liberty, equality and justice.


I WILL keep my private life unsullied as an example to all and will behave in a manner that does
not bring discredit to me or to my agency. I will 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 both in my personal and official life, I will be exemplary in obeying
the law and the regulations of my office. 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.


I WILL never act officiously or permit personal feelings, prejudices, political beliefs, aspirations,
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.


I RECOGNIZE the credentials 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 law enforcement service. I will never
engage in acts of corruption or bribery, nor will I condone such acts by other law enforcement
officials. I will cooperate with all legally authorized agencies and their representatives in the
pursuit of justice. I know that I alone am responsible for my own standard of professional
performance and will take every reasonable opportunity to enhance and improve my level of
knowledge and competence. I will constantly strive to achieve these objectives and ideals,
dedicating myself before God to my chosen profession…LAW ENFORCEMENT.

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Our Values

The Sheriff’s Office is guided in its operations by statutes, policies, procedures, rules,
regulations, and abiding by the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics. In addition to legal, ethical
and administrative requirements, this office is influenced by values and beliefs that guide the
organization and the behavior of its employees. To help accomplish our mission, the Sheriff’s
Office is committed to the following values to guide our work and decisions:


Openness and Accessibility. Employees shall strive to conduct their affairs publicly
and be accessible to the public.

Fairness. Employees shall strive to be fair in all of their actions.

Responsiveness. Employees shall be responsive to the needs of the community and
work together to solve problems of mutual concern.

Sensitivity. Employees shall be sensitive to the needs and concerns of the public.

Accountability. Employees shall be accountable to themselves and the community for
their conduct and performance.

Organizational Efficiency. Employees shall be committed to efficiently providing
services and conserving tax dollars which fund the operations of the office. Employees
shall maintain and protect office facilities and equipment to the best of their ability.

 Community Orientation. Employees shall strive to always do what is in the best
interest of the community.

Compassion. Employees shall show empathy and caring for victims, complainants and
all people with whom they come in contact.

Problem Solving. Employees are most effective when they help identify and solve
community problems.

Integrity. Integrity is priceless. Honesty is the basis for personal and public trust.

 Democratic Principles. Employees shall protect the constitutional rights and personal
freedoms of all residents and persons coming within their jurisdiction.

Teamwork. The importance of each employee as an individual and a team member is
recognized. The values set forth above shall apply to our interaction with each other and
all who we come in contact with.