Police officers take risks and suffer inconveniences to protect the lives, defend civil liberties, secure the safety of fellow citizens, and they endure such risks and tolerate such inconveniences on behalf of strangers. Consequently, police work is one of the more noble and selfless occupations in society. Making a difference in the quality of life is an opportunity that policing provides, and few other professions can offer.
The following Law Enforcement Oath of Honor is recommended by the International Association of Chiefs of Police as symbolic statement of commitment to ethical behavior:
“On my honor,
I will never betray my badge,
my integrity, my character,
or the public trust.
I will always have
the courage to hold myself
and others accountable for our actions.
I will always uphold the constitution
my community and the agency I serve”.
Before any officer takes the Law Enforcement Oath of Honor, it is important that he/she understands what it means. An oath is a solemn pledge someone makes when he/she sincerely intends to do what he/she says.
Honor means that one’s word is given as a guarantee.
Betray is defined as breaking faith with the public trust.
Badge is the symbol of your office.
Integrity is being the same person in both private and public life.
Character means the qualities that distinguish an individual.
Public trust is a charge of duty imposed in faith toward those you serve.
Courage is having the strength to withstand unehical pressure, fear or danger.
Accountability means that you are answerable and responsible to your oath of office.
Community is the jurisdiction and citizens served.
For this week you will be viewing the documentary “Law and Disorder”.
This documentary examines the behavior of the NOPD (New Orleans Police Department) after hurricanes Katrina & Rita. Please remember in order to get credit you must post an original response and reply to two classmates. Partial credit will not be given. You will have until March 9th 11:59pm to complete the forum.
Discussion Question: Due to misconduct in police departments throughout North America, the image of “Officer Friendly” has changed dramatically over the years. What do you think happens to the value of the Law Enforcement Oath of Honor when the very ones that we trust to serve and protect us, becomes the very ones that we fear the most? Furthermore, how do you think Americans look at police departments in North America after incidents of police misconduct, much like in New Orleans, and other cities in this country such as Los Angeles, New York and Chicago, just to name a few?