Flashcards in Special Orders (Department Organization) Deck (12):
The department shall seek to state its mission,
values, ethics, and guiding principles
and to adhere to these standards and
communicate them to?
The conduct of all employees shall be compatible?
With the stated mission, values, principles, and ethics.
The mission of the Houston Police Department
is to enhance the quality of life in the
city of Houston by working cooperatively
with the public to prevent crime, enforce the
law, preserve the peace, and provide a safe
The Houston Police Department was established
The citizens of the city of Houston and exists to provide services to the citizens and residents of the city of Houston.
What are the VALUES of the Houston Police Department?
1.) Preserve and Advance Democratic Values
2.) Improve the Quality of Community Life
3.) Improve the Quality of Work Life
4.) Demonstrate Professionalism
Preserve and Advance Democratic Values
All employees shall uphold this country's
democratic values as embodied in the U.S.
Constitution, state law, and city ordinances,
and shall dedicate themselves to the preservation
of liberty and justice for all.
Improve the Quality of Community Life
All employees shall strive to improve the quality of community life through the provision of superior and equitable services.
Improve the Quality of Work Life
All employees shall strive to improve the working environment for the department's employees by engaging in open and honest communication and demonstrating a genuine concern for one another.
All employees shall engage in behavior that is beyond ethical reproach and reflects the integrity of police professionals.
What are the GUIDING PRINCIPLES of the Houston Police Department?
a. Life and individual freedoms are sacred.
b. All persons should be treated fairly and
c. The role of the police is to resolve problems
through the enforcement of laws
and not through the imposition of judgment
d. The neighborhood is the basic segment
of the community.
e. Because law enforcement and public
safety reflect communitywide concerns,
the police must actively seek the involvement
of citizens and residents in all
aspects of policing.
f. The fundamental responsibility of the
department's employees is to provide
quality services to the citizens and residents
of the city of Houston.
g. The department's employees are its
most valuable asset.
h. Employee involvement in department
activities is essential for maintaining a
productive working environment.
i. Employees shall be treated fairly and
equitably in recognition of basic human
dignity and as a means of enriching their
j. The department and each of its commands,
offices, and divisions shall strive
to reflect the ethnic and cultural makeup
of the community it serves.
What are LAW ENFORCEMENT CODE OF ETHICS ?
As a law enforcement officer, my fundamental
duty is to serve mankind; 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 people to liberty,
equality, and justice. I will keep my private
life unsullied as an example to all;
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 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, 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 the police service. I will constantly
strive to achieve these objectives and ideals,
dedicating myself to my chosen profession