Mission & Code of Ethics

Coventry Police Department

"Professional Policing - Community Commitment"

Values & Mission Policy Statement

It is the policy of the Coventry Police Department to provide for the protection of life and property of all persons regardless of their race, creed, color, sex, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age or disability. The constitutional rights of all people shall be the primary concern of all members of the department in the performance of their official duties.

The Coventry Police Department obtains its authority from the people, and is charged with the responsibility to achieve and maintain public order through the powers granted by the legislative bodies of the Federal, State and Municipal Governments.

Public confidence in the criminal justice system depends to a large extent on the trust that the people have in their police. Only by providing the highest quality of service and maintaining the highest professional ethics can we expect to foster that trust and confidence.

Law Enforcement Code of Ethics

This is the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics by the International Association of Chiefs of Police to which all Coventry Police Officers subscribe

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 to my agency. I will 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 both in my personal and official life, I will be exemplary in obeying the law 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 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 police service. I will never engage in acts of corruption or bribery, nor will I condone such acts by other police 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 . . . law enforcement.