"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 men 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 before God to my chosen enforcement."


City of Los Angeles
Adopted by Council Resolution, July 21, 1959 and Amended August 23, 1979 by Council resolution

                                                 I                                                                    outside employment of such persons where the interests of the City

          General Rule with Respect to Conflicts of Interest                             are protected under Section 222 of the Charter and ordinances

Persons in the public service shall not engage in nor shall they have               adopted thereunder.

any interest, direct or indirect, in any business or transaction, nor
incur obligation which is in substantial conflict with the proper                                                                   IX                  
discharge of their official duties in the public interest or which                                                      Personal Investments
impairs their independence of judgment in the discharge of such                    Persons in the public service shall not make personal investments in
duties.                                                                                                           enterprises which they have reason to believe may be involved in
                                                                                                                     decisions or recommendations to be made by the, or under their

                                               II                                                                    supervision, or which will otherwise create a substantial conflict
     Actions and Conduct Designed to build Public Confidence                     
between their private interests and the public interest. If, however
Persons in the public service shall not only be ever conscious that                  persons in the public service have financial interests in matters
public service is a public trust but also shall be impartial and                         coming before them, or before the department in which they are
devoted to the best interests of the City, and shall so act and                        employed, they shall disqualify themselves from any participation
conduct themselves, both inside and outside the City's service, as                  therein.
not to give occasion for distrust of their impartiality or of their
devotion to the city's best interests.                                                                                                              X                                 
                                                                                                                                            Discussion of Future Employment

                                              III                                                                    Persons in the public service shall not negotiate for future
                    Acceptance of Favors and Gratuities                                       
employment outside the City service with any person, firm, or
Persons in the public service shall not accept money or other                         organization known by such persons to be dealing with the City
consideration or favors from anyone other than the City for the                     concerning matters within such persons' areas of responsibility or
performance of an act which they would be required or expected to              upon which they must act or make a recommendation
perform in the regular course of their duties; nor shall such persons             
accept any gifts, gratuities or favors of any kind which might                                                                         XI
reasonably be interpreted as an attempt to influence their actions                            Conduct with Respect to Performance on the Job
with respect to City business.                                                                         Persons in the public service shall perform their duties earnestly
                                                                                                                     economically and efficiently.

                      Use of Confidential Information                                                                                            XII

Persons in the public service shall not disclose confidential                                   Activities Incompatible With Official Duties and the
information acquired by or available to them in the course of their                          Reporting of Improper Government Activities
employment with the City, or use such information for speculation                Persons in the public service shall not engage in any improper
or personal gain.                                                                                           governmental activity or in any actions or practices which should
                                                                                                                     interfere with the proper performance of the duties of others.

                                              V                                                                     Persons in the City service are strongly encouraged to fulfill their
       Use of City Employment and Facilities for Private Gain                       
own moral obligations to the City by disclosing to the extent not
Persons in the public service shall not use, for private gain or                       expressly prohibited by law, improper governmental activities
advantage, their City time or the City's facilities, equipment or                    within their knowledge. No officer or employee of the City shall
supplies, nor shall they use or attempt to use their position to secure           directly or indirectly use or attempt to use the authority or influence
unwarranted privileges or exemptions for themselves or others.                   of such officer or employee for the purpose of intimidating,
                                                                                                                    threatening, coercing, commanding, or influencing any person with

                                             VI                                                                    the intent of interfering with that person's duty to disclose such
                            Contracts With the City                                                
  improper activity.
Persons in the public service shall not exercise any discretionary                                                               XII
powers for, or make any recommendations on behalf of or to the                                                          LOYALTY
City or any department or officer thereof with respect to any                       Persons in the public service shall uphold the Federal and
contract or sale to which the City or any department thereof is a                 California State Constitutions, laws and legal regulations of the
party and in which such persons shall knowingly be directly or                      United States, the State of California, the City of Los Angeles, and
indirectly financially interested.                                                                   all other applicable governmental entities therein.

                                             VII                                                                                                                    XIV
          Outside Employment Impairing Service to the City                                                       Equal Employment Opportunity

Persons in the public service shall not engage in outside                                Persons in the public service shall not, in the performance of their
employment or business activity which involves such hours of work               service responsibilities, discriminate against any person on the
or physical effort that it would or could be reasonably expected to                basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex (including sexual
substantially reduce the quality or quantity of work or interfere with             harassment and gender identity or expression, which includes actual
such persons' giving a full day's labor for a full day's pay.                                or perceived transgender status), sexual orientation, age, religion,
                                                                                                                     creed, marital status, disability, medical condition (cancer or

                                             VIII                                                                   genetic characteristics), HIV/AIDS (acquitted or perceived) or
      Outside Employment Incompatible With Official Duties                       
 retaliation for having filed a discrimination complaint or
Persons in the public service shall not engage in any outside                          participating in a protected activity; and they shall cooperate in
employment which involves the performance by them of any work                achieving the equal employment opportunity goals and objectives
which will come before them as officers or employees of the City,                 of the City.
or under their supervision, for approval or inspection; provided that
nothing in this paragraph shall be taken to limit in any manner the


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