Code of Ethics: Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office


The law enforcement code of ethics is adopted as a general standard of conduct for deputies of this agency.

“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 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 the police service. I will constantly strive to achieve these objectives and
ideals dedicating myself before God to my chosen profession … law enforcement.”

Text and logo from Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Policy 1.01 “Ethics and Professional Standards,” IV. LAW ENFORCEMENT CODE OF ETHICS.

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