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The way police officers are


often portrayed in movies and PERFORMED BY television can make it look like POLICE OFFICERS a pretty exciting job. Though it can be, especially if you work ARREST AND in a major city or one of its APPREHENSION suburbs, many officers have Use appropriate level of gone through their entire force careers without ever having to Make judgments about unholster their weapon. arresting or releasing But there's no way to know for sure what your experience will be. You can be bored stiff one minute, and be facing a moment of sheer terror the next, but you must be prepared for both. suspects or offenders Identify and apprehend offenders Handcuff suspects or prisoners Conduct frisk and pat down Advise persons of constitutional rights Seize contraband

Use deadly force when necessary Execute arrest warrants Fire weapons on duty Pursue suspect on foot Execute search warrants Pursue suspect in vehicle Obtain and serve protection orders and committals INVESTIGATION Secure and maintain accident, crime, or disaster scenes Investigate crimes against persons and property Investigate suspicious and criminal activity Interview witnesses Investigate suspicious persons or vehicles Collect, document and preserve evidence (chain of custody) PATROL Enforce criminal laws Respond to calls for service Drive motor vehicle under nonemergency conditions Search persons, vehicles, and places Drive motor vehicle under emergency conditions Patrol assigned area in a vehicle Issue citations for non-traffic offenses TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT Enforce traffic and parking laws and ordinances Investigate traffic accidents Check vehicles for proper registration Request emergency assistance for accidents

Administer roadside sobriety tests COMMUNICATION Communicate with dispatcher, other police vehicles, and commanding officers by radio Exchange necessary information with other police officers at a scene Provide accurate oral descriptions Interact, communicate, and work with citizens PAPERWORK Write reports Write citations and summonses Write memos Review and sign reports to ensure completeness and accuracy PHYSICAL TASKS Subdue and arrest a resisting/attacking individual Encounter an armed suspect Encounter resistance during an arrest or in an emergency situation Sit or stand for long periods of time Recover weapon from suspect who gives it up voluntarily Perform an evasive maneuver (dodge, duck, block, push, shove, pull, etc.) in order to disarm a suspect Subdue and physically restrain an intoxicated individual


Genius Notes

officers. I will cooperate with all legally-authorized


As a law enforcement officer, my fundamental duty is to serve humankind; 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.

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 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 I will never engage in acts of corruption or bribery, before God to my chosen profession - Law nor will I condone such acts by other police Enforcement.



Review each part of the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics.

Decide which part you think would be the most difficult to uphold over the course of a career in law enforcement.

Why do you think this aspect of the Code is important to a police officer?
1. Where do most new recruits begin working? 2. Are there essential tasks performed by an officer? 3. Name three things an officer looks for while on patrol. 4. Discuss the difference between police officers on television and those on the streets. 5. Name 2 requirements to become an officer.



BELOW IS A THANK YOU CARD FOR YOUR GUEST SPEAKER. PRINT OUT AND HAVE THE CADETS SIGN There is also a card to print out for each cadet to be signed by the guest speaker.