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Professionalism
Engaged in one of the learned professions. Characterized by conforming to the technical or ethical standards of a profession
Ethic
the discipline dealing with what is good and bad and with moral duty and obligation. A theory or system of moral values.
Moral
relating to the principles of right and wrong in behavior (ethical judgments)
Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training (AZ. P.O.S.T) is responsible for...
-Establishing minimum qualifications for,Recruitment and Appointment of peace officers and Retention of all state police officers
-Prescribes the minimum standards for
Law enforcement training and training facilities (basic and continuing)

-Conducts Audits and ensures all state agencies are adhering to the established standards.
-P.O.S.T.'s mission is to enhance professionalism and competency of L.E.
-Examines causes for suspension, denial, or revocation of certification
What are causes for P.O.S.T. Suspension, denial, or revocation of Certification
-Willful falsification to obtain certified status
-Any Physical or mental disability which substantially impairs a person's ability to perform the duties of a peace officer.
-A violation of a restriction or requirement for certification status pursuant to section R13-4-107 subsection j, or section R13-4-118 subsection a, para 1
-Addiction to, or the unlawful use of , narcotic drugs
-Unauthorized use of or being under the influence of spirituous liquor while on duty, or any excessive use of spirituous liquor which would tend to discredit the law enforcement profession.
-The commission of any felony, or would be considered a felony in this state, or an offense involving dishonesty, unlawful sexual conduct, or physical violence.
-Malfeasance, misfeasance, or nonfeasance in office.
-Any other conduct or pattern of conduct that would tend to disrupt, diminish or otherwise jeopardize the publics trust in law enforcement.
Canons of Police Ethics Articles.
Article 1. Primary Responsibility of Job.
Article 2. Limitations of Authority.
Article 3. Duty to be Familiar with the Law and with Responsibilities of Self and other Public Officials.
Article 4. Utilization of Proper Means to Gain Proper Ends.
Key Phrases in the "Law Enforcement Code of Ethics"
- As a law enforcement officer my fundamental duty is to serve mankind. (Duty to Serve)
-To Safeguard lives and property: to protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation: and the peaceful against violence or disorder.
-To respect the constitutional right 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 and develop self restraint.
-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 say 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 with out fear or favor, malice or ill will.
-Never employing necessary force or violence.
-And never accepting gratuities
-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 police service.
-I will constantly strive to achieve these objectives and ideals, dedicating myself before God to my chosen profession ....law enforcement
Meaning:
As a law enforcement officer my fundamental duty is to serve mankind.
The heart of this passage is in two words,
Duty-law enforcement is a sworn duty
Serve-the denial of personal pleasure
Meaning:
To Safeguard lives and property: to protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation: and the peaceful against violence or disorder.
Idealistic
Realistic. States the affirmative responsibilities of a peace officer.
Meaning:
To respect the constitutional right of all men to liberty, equality, and justice.
Notice that it states all men. Not just people we like or identify with and not just the good guys.
Meaning:
-I will keep my private life unsullied as an example to all.
Yes, your private life is relevant to your employment as a police officer. You will represent your profession and your department in all things that you do. You do serve as an example to all.
Meaning:
-Maintain courageous calm in the face of danger, scorn or ridicule and develop self restraint.
As a police officer you Will put yourself in harms way. It does not mean that you will never be afraid, it does mean that you have a duty to do and your are bound to do it. This passage also speaks about self-control. As a police officer you can not allow someone else's conduct, no matter how outrageous or inappropriate, to dictate your conduct. You must remain calm, in control and develop great self-restraint.
Meaning:
-Honest in thought and deed in both my personal and official life.
If you fail to have honesty you fail as a police officer. Often your word and the strength of your character ate the only evidence of a crime. Your honesty must be above question.
Meaning:
-I will be exemplary in obeying the laws of the land and the regulations of my department.
Your must set an example... hypocrisy is an exceedingly poor example.
Meaning:
-Whatever I say 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.
As a police officer you will have access to information which is confidential and governed by strict privacy laws. Some information you will not even be able to discuss with your significant other or family. Divulging some information, such as criminal history information and motor vehicle records is a crime and you can be prosecuted and lose your job.
Meaning:
-I will never act officiously.
Officiously - volunteering one's services where they are neither asked nor needed.
Meaning:
-Or permit personal feelings, prejudices, animosities or friendships to influence my decisions
When you become a police officer you must not allow any personal prejudices to affect the performance of you duties. You must separate your personal feelings, whether of like or dislike, form your duty to act appropriately as a police officer.
Meaning:
-With no compromise for crime and with relentless prosecution of criminals. I will enforce the law courteously and appropriately with out fear or favor, malice or ill will.
Courteously, without fear, favor, malice or ill will.
Meaning:
-Never employing necessary force or violence.
Never!
Meaning:
-And never accepting gratuities
Gratuity - a gift or small sum given for a service performed or anticipated.
Meaning:
-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 police service.
Your badge is truly a symbol of public faith. As a police officer you are entrusted with enormous power and responsibility. It is by virtue of this public faith that we are allowed such power and responsibility.
-You must accept the public trust and understand its burden.
-You can only hold this office and this public trust as long as you are true to the ethics of police service.
Meaning:
-I will constantly strive to achieve these objectives and ideals, dedicating myself before God to my chosen profession ....law enforcement
Just what it says
Gratuity
anything of value given to the receiver because of his/her position of authority.
Bribe
while a public servant or party officer, such person solicits, accepts, or agrees to accept, any benefit upon an agreement or understanding that his vote, opinion, judgment, or exercise of discretion or other action as a public servant or public officer may thereby be influenced.
Problems with Gratuities
- The receiver may feel indebted to the giver and may compromise his judgment or behavior.
- The giver may have inappropriate motives for offering the gratuity and may expect special favors or treatment in return.
- The public views the acceptance of gratuities as corruption and therefore has less confidence in the honesty, integrity, and credibility of those that accept them.
- Rationalizing or justifying the acceptance of small or trivial gratuities prepares the way for greater compromises. An officer accepting regular gratuities my see the acceptance of a bribe as a simple minor escalation in his ordinary behavior. once you begin to rationalize inappropriate behavior it becomes easy to make more significant compromises of your ethical standards.
Problems with Bribes
- Acceptance of a bribe is a Felony.
- it is a serious breach of your ethical standards.
- It will most likely cost your job.
- It is a Title 13 offense
What are some considerations with officer discretion?
-Statutory Requirements
-Department policy and procedures
-Best interest of community
-Best interest of department
-Best interest of victim