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.



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.

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Sheriff Robert A. Austino