There are plenty of “good” police officers in our communities. Most try to and usually do the right thing when it comes to knowing and implementing our laws while protecting and serving the general public. They also have a good basis of right and wrong; legally and morally. As Americans, we appreciate these brave and unselfish acts police officers perform in their lines of duty. Unfortunately, as with any agency, there can be some “bad” police officers out there, protecting and serving with their own agenda in mind.
In a paper, Police Offers Oath And Code Of Ethics A Question Of Knowledge, written by Richard W. Deshon, states “Two of the most neglected areas of police work are code of ethics and oath of office. These two documents are the most important issues of truth and integrity a police department has with the community it serves. Most police agencies have neglected these issues and do not fully understand the impact they have on the community they serve.” Included was a Police Integrity Survey that had a list numbered one through twelve. Number one on the list was the most trusted professions and number twelve was the least trusted. In 1980, it showed police were listed as number five. By 1995, that number had dropped to number ten.
In an article written by Christina Eichelkraut, she stated, “When an employee or officer has taken an action that is clearly unethical, though not exactly illegal, often agencies will use the code of conduct violation as a grounds for disciplinary action such as suspension.” She further stated, “some code of conduct violations are flagrant, such as a police officer taking a bribe.”
Are our police departments asking the right questions or are they not listening to the answers they receive? The Code of Ethics and the Police Officers’ Oath are very important. Officers need to be fully aware of them and their consequences if they are not followed. Within these codes, there is not room for bad judgment calls such as self serving attitudes or treating citizens cruelly because they have the power to do so. Yet, here they are! (Only a few articles are listed. There are many more.)
Police assault on two African American dockworkers, by Jack Heyman/ILWU
Kingstown Police Chief Charged with assaulting, strangling juvenile (updated Wednesday 11:00 a.m.) by David Allen/THE STARwww.shelbystar.com/news/shockley-36888-police-assault.html
Photos: Akwesasne Police Assault Victim posted by Brenda Norrell/Censored Newshttp://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/
Police assault 12-year-old girl after mistaking her for a prostitute by Andrew McLemore/Raw Story Alex Jones’INFOWARS.Com www.infowars.com/police-assault-12-year-old-girl-after…
New Evidence Emerges of Police Conspiracy To Assault & Taser, by Christopher Bollyn/Rumer News Mill
Richard W. Deshon Police Officers Oath Of Office And Code Of Ethics A Question Of Knowledge/St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department/Submitted to Eastern Michigan School of Police Staff and Commandhttp://www.aacounty.org/Police/RulesRegs/Sections01-06/0102OathOfficeCodeEthics.pdf
Christina Eichelkraut Law Enforcement Code of Conduct/eHowwww.ehow.com/about_6303366_lawenforcement-code-conduct.html