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Police Department Policy and Procedure Manual <br /> Chapter 1 — General Provisions <br /> Section Number: 1-3-1 <br /> Section Title: Code of Conduct <br /> Most Recent Update: 03/21/2018 <br /> I. POLICY <br /> All police department employees must be fully aware of the ethical responsibilities of their <br /> position and must strive constantly to live up to the highest possible standards of professional <br /> policing. <br /> A. A police department employee acts as an official representative of government who is <br /> required and trusted to work within the law. The officer's powers and duties are <br /> conferred by statute. The fundamental duties of a police officer include serving the <br /> community, safeguarding lives and property, protecting the innocent, keeping the peace <br /> and ensuring the rights of all to liberty, equality, and justice. <br /> B. A police department employee shall perform all duties impartially, without favor or <br /> affection or ill will and without regard to status, sex, race, religion, political belief or <br /> aspiration. All citizens will be treated equally with courtesy, consideration and dignity. <br /> C. Police department employees will never allow personal feelings, animosities or friendships <br /> to influence official conduct. Laws will be enforced appropriately and courteously and, <br /> in carrying out their responsibilities, police department employees will strive to obtain <br /> maximum cooperation from the public. <br /> They will conduct themselves in appearance and deportment in such a manner as to <br /> inspire confidence and respect for the position of public trust they hold. <br /> D. A police officer will use responsibly the discretion vested in his or her position and <br /> exercise it within the law. The principle of reasonableness will guide the officer's <br /> determinations, and the officer will consider all surrounding circumstances in <br /> determining whether any legal action shall be taken. <br />