Law Enforcement Code of Ethics and Oath of Office

Miers, Bryan
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Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT)
The problems and issues addressed with this writing shows that there is growing need for constant and frequent training in specific areas within the chosen profession of law enforcement. Texas law enforcement agencies, professionals, and administrators should educate themselves, their officers, and employees on the oath of office and the officer’s code of ethics. This education is needed for a resolution to a situation that is now out of control. Education of senseless documents cannot be unrecognized and cannot be without merit, but education on these two documents should be instilled and become second nature to business professionals of law enforcement. These are two documents that are provided to sworn officers and routinely overlooked when it comes to actions that are taken when officers act out in less than desirable manners. Law enforcement agencies across the state have become highly regulated by pages of written policy to the point that most policy has become ineffective, overlooked, or simply forgotten. Agencies and officers should learn, know, and live by the true meanings of these two documents. Once these documents become what, when, where, and how officers are to act, this will drive their actions. These teachings will replace the mounds of policy that is created and written daily. The information researched and provided within will prove that the true teaching, learning, and understanding of what these documents represent has been severely neglected. It will also show how a vast majority of all issues that arise within agencies and with officers can be directly spelled out within at least one of these two documents.
Police ethics, Police -- attitudes