Code of Ethics


Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office Code of Ethics


Law Enforcement 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 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 my agency. I will maintain courageous and calm in the face of danger,  scorn, or ridicule; develop self-restraint; and be constantly mindful of the welfare of others. Honest in thought in deed in both my personal and official life, I will be exemplary in obeying the laws of the land 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 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 truth to be held as 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 law enforcement 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...


Jailor Code of Ethics

As an officer employed in a detention/correctional capacity, I swear (or affirm) to be a good citizen and credit to my community, state and nation at all times.  I will abstain from all questionable behavior which might bring disrepute to the agency for which  I work, my family, my community, and my associates.  My lifestyle will be above reproach and I will constantly strive to set an example of a professional who performs his/her duties according to the laws of our country, state and community and the policies, procedures, written, verbal orders, and regulations of the agency for which I work.

On the job, I promise to:

Keep the institution secure so as to safeguard my community, and the lives of the staff, inmates, and visitors on the premises.
Work with each individual firmly and fairly without regard to rank, status, or condition.

Maintain a positive demeanor when confronted with stressful situations of scorn, ridicule, danger, and/or chaos.

Report either in writing or by word of mouth to the proper authorities those things which should be reported, and keep silent about matters which are to remain confidential according to the laws and rules of the agency and government.

Manage and supervise the inmates in an evenhanded and courteous manner.

Refrain at all times from becoming personally involved in the lives of the inmates and their families.

Treat all visitors to the jail with politeness and respect and do my utmost to ensure that they observe the jail regulations.

Take advantage of all education and training opportunities designed to assist me to become a more competent officer.

Communicate with people in or outside the jail, whether by phone, written word or mouth in such a way so as not to reflect in a negative manner upon my agency.

Contribute to a jail environment which will keep the inmate involved in activities designed to improve his/her attitude and character.

Support all activities of a professional nature through membership and participation that will continue to elevate the status of those who operate our nation's jails.

Do my best through word and deed to present an image to the public at large of a jail professional, committed to progress for an improved and enlightened criminal justice system.