LAW ENFORCEMENT CODE OF ETHICS
“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.”
City of Los Angeles
CODE OF ETHICS
STATEMENT OF APPROVED PRINCIPLES FOR PUBLIC SERVICE IN THE GOVERNMENT OF THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES
Adopted by Council Resolution, July 21, 1959 and Amended August 23, 1979 by Council resolution
- General Rule with Respect to Conflict of Interest. Persons in the public service shall not engage in nor shall they have any interest, direct or indirect, in any business or transaction, nor incur obligation which is in substantial conflict with the proper discharge of their official duties in the public interest or which impairs their independence of judgment in the discharge of such duties.
- Actions and Conduct Designed to build Public Confidence. Persons in the public service shall not only be ever conscious that public service is a public trust but also shall be impartial and devoted to the best interests of the City, and shall so act and conduct themselves, both inside and outside the City’s service, as not to give occasion for distrust of their impartiality or of their devotion to the city’s best interests.
III. Acceptance of Favors and Gratuities. Persons in the public service shall not accept money or other consideration or favors from anyone other than the City for the performance of an act which they would be required or expected to perform in the regular course of their duties; nor shall such persons accept any gifts, gratuities or favors of any kind which might reasonably be interpreted as an attempt to influence their actions with respect to City business.
- Use of Confidential Information. Persons in the public service shall not disclose confidential information acquired by or available to them in the course of their employment with the City, or use such information for speculation or personal gain.
- Use of City Employment and Facilities for Private Gain. Persons in the public service shall not use, for private gain or advantage, their City time or the City’s facilities, equipment or supplies, nor shall they use or attempt to use their position to secure unwarranted privileges or exemptions for themselves or others.
- Contracts with the City. Persons in the public service shall not exercise any discretionary powers for, or make any recommendations on behalf of or to the City or any department or officer thereof with respect to any contract or sale to which the City or any department thereof is a party and in which such persons shall knowingly be directly or indirectly financially interested.
VII. outside Employment Impairing Service to the City. Persons in the public service shall not engage in outside employment or business activity which involves such hours of work or physical effort that it would or could be reasonably expected to substantially reduce the quality or quantity of work or interfere with such persons’ giving a full day’s labor for a full day’s pay.
VIII. outside Employment Incompatible with Official Duties. Persons in the public service shall not engage in any outside employment which involves the performance by them of any work which will come before them as officers or employees of the City, or under their supervision, for approval or inspection; provided that nothing in this paragraph shall be taken to limit in any manner the outside employment of such persons where the interests of the City are protected under Section 222 of the Charter and ordinances adopted thereunder.
- Personal Investments. Persons in the public service shall not make personal investments in enterprises which they have reason to believe may be involved in decisions or recommendations to be made by the, or under their supervision, or which will otherwise create a substantial conflict between their private interests and the public interest. If, however persons in the public service have financial interests in matters coming before them, or before the department in which they are employed, they shall disqualify themselves from any participation therein.
- Discussion of Future Employment. Persons in the public service shall not negotiate for future employment outside the City service with any person, firm, or organization known by such persons to be dealing with the City concerning matters within such persons’ areas of responsibility or
Upon which they must act or make a recommendation.
- Conduct with Respect to Performance on the Job. Persons in the public service shall perform their duties earnestly economically and efficiently.
XII. Activities Incompatible with Official Duties and the Reporting of Improper Government Activities. Persons in the public service shall not engage in any improper governmental activity or in any actions or practices which should interfere with the proper performance of the duties of others. Persons in the City service are strongly encouraged to fulfill their own moral obligations to the City by disclosing to the extent not expressly prohibited by law, improper governmental activities within their knowledge. No officer or employee of the City shall directly or indirectly use or attempt to use the authority or influence of such officer or employee for the purpose of intimidating, threatening, coercing, commanding, or influencing any person with the intent of interfering with that person’s duty to disclose such improper activity.
XIII. Loyalty. Persons in the public service shall uphold the Federal and California State Constitutions, laws and legal regulations of the United States, the State of California, the City of Los Angeles, and all other applicable governmental entities therein.
XIV. Equal Employment Opportunity. Persons in the public service shall not, in the performance of their service responsibilities, discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex (including sexual harassment and gender identity or expression, which includes actual or perceived transgender status), sexual orientation, age, religion, creed, marital status, disability, medical condition (cancer or genetic characteristics), HIV/AIDS (acquitted or perceived) or retaliation for having filed a discrimination complaint or participating in a protected activity; and they shall cooperate in achieving the equal employment opportunity goals and objectives of the City.