We, members of the Maine Chiefs of Police Association, Inc., recognizing our responsibilities to the communities we serve and our obligations to society in general and with the knowledge that our profession requires the highest ideals and rules of conduct, hereby adopt the following code of ethics for police executives, and commend them to all persons in the police profession for their guidance.
We will put honesty, truth and justice above all other considerations, and we will not allow friendship, enmity, social position, political influence, nor personal motives to swerve us from the impartial performance of duty.
We will neither solicit nor accept, any gift, privilege, favor or advantage from any person which will place us under any obligation to overlook any violation of a law, or violate the ethics of our profession.
We will observe all the provisions of the Constitution of the United States, and will never illegally deprive any person of any right guaranteed by this great document. We will not become involved any social, political, or religious controversy except as neutral agents of the public, and we will at all times endeavor to carry out the desires of the citizens of Maine as legally expressed through legislative, judicial or executive channels of government.
Having efficient police administration as our objective, we recognize the need for professional fitness on the part of police executives and subordinates. We pledge ourselves to advance the science of police service through training courses and other methods adequate to meet the proper requirements of our profession.
Recognizing the mutual dependence of all law enforcement and social agencies, we pledge our cooperation to all officials and agencies interested in the promotion of justice and the improvement of social conditions. We will not allow envy, jealousy, or any other motive to interfere with such cooperation.
We will be fair with subordinates showing only that favor which has been honestly earned by meritorious service to the public: demanding that all police officers perform their duties and enforce the laws with impartiality, judgment and courtesy.