Oath of Honor

The Oath of Honor provides our profession with a concise, powerful and universal process by which we, as law enforcement officers, can affirm our ethical values and beliefs. This concise oath summarizes police values in a simple statement lending itself to continuous and convenient application in both public and professional settings. It is easily institutionalized, understood, and remembered. The Law Enforcement Oath of Honor is recommended by the International Association of Chiefs of Police as a statement of our commitment to ethical behavior.        

 

Law Enforcement Oath of Honor

On my honor, I will never betray my badge,
my integrity, my character, or the public trust.
I will always have the courage to hold myself
and others accountable for our actions.
I will always uphold the constitution
my community and the agency I serve.

Definitions:

 

  • Oath – A solemn pledge someone makes when he/she sincerely intends to do what he/she says.
  • Honor – One’s word is given as a guarantee.
  • Betray – Breaking faith with the public trust.
  • Badge – The symbol of your office.
  • Integrity – Being the same person in both private and public life.
  • Character – The qualities that distinguish an individual.
  • Public Trust – A charge of duty imposed in faith toward those you serve.
  • Courage – Having the strength to withstand unethical pressure, fear or danger.
  • Accountability – That you are answerable and responsible to your oath of office.
  • Community – The jurisdiction and citizens served.