Guess Dan is just stoned again and wants to scare me by shooting close to my house in the dark. Neighbor Lessi boasted years ago that he had a special ‘friend’ in this township who ignores his intoxicated driving – his “Welcome to the Neighborhood” gesture was shooting our bluebird houses while we watched because he thought we were afraid of guns. Dan can’t legally own a weapon, but if the neighbor can freely supply him with alcohol and drugs – why not a gun too??
Recently, Dan told me that if I called West Penn Township Police, chief Johnson will come, pat him on the back, say “Hey, how you doin’ Dan”, and then falsely accuse me instead of some crime. I have no ‘connections’ in this township government, so I guess I’ll have to protect myself against being bullied or railroaded.
Don’t police in rural areas like West Penn Township have some sort of Code of Ethics policy? A law enforcement officer that follows a code like this from the “International Association of Chiefs of Police” would certainly deserve the respect of a community.
“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 or disorder; and to respect the constitutional rights of all to liberty, equality, and justice.
I will keep my private life unsullied as an example to all and will behave in a manner that does not bring discredit to me or to my agency. I will 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 both in my personal and official life, I will be exemplary in obeying the law 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, political beliefs, aspirations, 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 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 their representatives in the pursuit of justice.
I know that I alone 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 ideals, dedicating myself before God to my chosen profession… law enforcement.”