Code of Ethics

The sworn officers of the Barnstable Police Department abide by the following Code of Ethics

As a Law Enforcement Officer, my fundamental duty is to serve the community; to safeguard lives and property; to protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation, and the peaceful against violence and disorder; and to respect the Constitutional Rights of All.

I will behave in a manner that does not bring discredit to me or the Department; 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, I will be exemplary in obeying the laws of the land and the regulations of the Department.  Whatever I see or hear of a confidential nature will be kept secret unless revelation is necessary in the performance of my duty.

I will never act officiously or permit personal feelings, political beliefs, aspirations, prejudices, animosities or friendships to influence my decisions.  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 or 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 never engage in acts of corruption or bribery, nor will I condone such acts by other police officers.  I will cooperate with all legally authorized agencies and representatives in the pursuit of justice.

I know that I am responsible for my own standard of professional performance and will take every reasonable opportunity to enhance and improve my level of knowledge and competence.

I will constantly strive to achieve these objectives and ideas, dedicating myself to my chosen profession … law enforcement.