Law Enforcement Code of Ethics

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The conflicts that I see between The Formal Law Enforcement Code of Ethics and the “Cop Code” is that one is a set of rules that lead law enforcement has put in place to make sure that law enforcement abides the same moral, professional, and practical rules which prevents any questioning in an officers actions. This Formal Law Enforcement Code of Ethics is designed to keep the officers’ focus and attention directed on the right thing and that is to protect and serve their communities. The “Cop Code” is a set of rules that were created within the law enforcement officers to allow them more perks, leeway, and able to do whatever they please and get away with it. The most common example of the Formal Law Enforcement Code of Ethics that I see and read about being broken would be the rule about law enforcement not using deadly harm unless needed. You can hear and read about it almost at least once a week about a police officer doing deadly, bodily harm to a suspect just because they can. To me the “Cop Code” just allows things like this to happen, and never be reported unless caught on camera, and it is just wrong. So to me the Formal Law Enforcement Code of Ethics conflicts with the “Cop Code” because one tells them plain and simple that certain things are not allowed and will not be tolerated, and the “Cop Code” is like a brotherhood within the law enforcement officers that allows them to do as they please and get away with it, and if someone rats on them they will suffer. These things can lead to bad ethic problems not only for the law enforcement officers, but for us as a community as well because if the officers know the rules, and chooses to break them to abide the “Cop Code” rules they are jeopardizing their safety, the community’s safety, and even risking their jobs if their actions get to their captain. They are choosing to break the formal rules for their own…...

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