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.
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.
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
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.
International Association of Chiefs of Police, Inc.