The Oregon State Police Code of Ethical Conduct

Code of Ethical Conduct

The Superintendent acknowledges that the citizens of the State of Oregon rightfully expect and demand that the Oregon State Police epitomize the highest ideals of ethical and professional conduct. As an employee, I subscribe to and adopt the ideals set forth in the Code of Ethical Conduct.  As a peace officer, I am the image of penal law and its warden.  If I am to be esteemed and the law I typify respected, I must know my authority well and use it wisely.  I shall neither exceed nor abuse it. During my private and public life, I shall conduct myself with the highest degree of integrity and honesty.  I shall at all times conduct myself in a manner which consistently maintains the public trust. I shall be intolerant of dishonorable or unethical conduct by any person in the criminal justice community.  As an Oregon State Police officer, I shall strive to be courageous in my professional and everyday life, and will take prudent and judicious action when faced with danger, scorn, or ridicule. 

Although the way I choose to conduct my private life is a personal freedom, I accept responsibility for my actions while on or off duty.  I will not become a party to conduct that is likely to, or does bring disrespect to myself, my fellow employees, or the Oregon State Police.  To that end, I shall not engage in personal conduct that affects, or could be perceived to affect, impartiality in my official capacity. 

I shall not use my position or authority for any personal gain or benefit.  I shall refrain from seeking or accepting any gift, gratuity, or favor that is tendered, or could reasonably be perceived as being tendered, as an attempt to influence impartiality in my official capacity. 

As an Oregon State Police officer, I acknowledge the authority and responsibility entrusted to me and will use only the amount of force reasonably necessary to accomplish and fulfill my duties.  I consider the use of deadly physical force as the final option to protect myself or another person from what I reasonably believe to be the infliction, or threatened infliction, of serious physical injury. 

I shall bear faithful allegiance to the State of Oregon and the Oregon State Police and shall be loyal to the highest ideals of my profession.  I will serve the public with due respect, concern, courtesy, and responsiveness without prejudice.  I recognize the service to the public is beyond service to myself.  As a police officer, I consider it a privilege, and the greatest honor that may be bestowed upon any person, to defend the principles of liberty.

From the official Website of the Oregon State Police, May 22, 2021.

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