Code Of Ethics
The Florida Police Chiefs Association recognizes that a Chief must embody the virtues of temperance, discipline, justice, wisdom, integrity, courage, compassion, and fortitude. To that end the Association establishes the following guidelines governing the conduct of its members.
Each member is accountable to the Association for any violations of this code. Police Chiefs, by nature of their position, are also responsible for unethical behavior by subordinates, where it can be demonstrated that the Chief should have known of the conduct and failed to take appropriate action.
Members shall conduct themselves in public and in private in a manner consistent with the dignity and responsibility of their office. Conduct should always be beyond reproach and above suspicion.
Members shall not solicit or accept gifts, or things of value from persons or organizations doing business with their agency for personal gain.
Members shall be prohibited from taking action in agency matters that involve financial gain for a member or his/her family.
Members shall not solicit political contributions from employees.
Members shall not use their official position to endorse commercial products for compensation. However, members may endorse books, publications, professional development, or educational services provided by nonprofit membership organizations and recognized educational institutions, but without compensation.
Members shall not participate in any conduct which reflects negatively or could in any manner bring disrepute to the Association or any of its members.
TREATMENT OF THE PUBLIC
Members shall ensure that the agency does not discriminate in policy or practice based on sex, race, creed, or national origin.
Members shall provide appropriate policy and leadership to control the use of coercion and force by employees of the agency, limiting their use to the minimum required.
LAW ENFORCEMENT OPERATIONS
Members shall endeavor to support and cooperate with all levels of law enforcement, whether federal, state, or local, for the efficient and professional delivery of law enforcement services.
Members shall not take, or allow to be taken, any action or actions by any member of their agency which would interfere with the agency's commitment to the prevention and deterrence of crime.
Members shall not take, or allow to be taken, any action or actions by members of their agency which would intentionally interfere with the health, safety, or legal rights of any citizen or group of citizens.
Members shall endeavor to improve the quality of community life within their jurisdiction.
Members shall not take, or allow to be taken, any action or actions by members of their agency which would be intentionally detrimental to the protection of the public or the maintenance of public order.
Members shall provide appropriate policy and leadership to ensure that agency employees enforce the law and provide police services in a consistent, fair, and equitable manner, without regard to personal prejudice or influence.
Members shall be accountable for the proper use of property end funds entrusted to their care.
Members shall provide appropriate policy and leadership to ensure that all employees are treated with dignity and respect in a fair and equitable manner.
Members shall neither tolerate nor condone any form of corruption in their agencies, or among their employees.
Members shall ensure that reports of official misconduct or corruption by public officials are properly investigated.
Members shall ensure that their agencies recruit, hire, and promote persons in a manner consistent with the highest standards of professionalism and integrity.
Members shall ensure that all employees are provided appropriate training and supervision.
Members shall be responsible to stay abreast of modern police practices, procedures, and technology, and make diligent efforts to ensure their agencies have proper equipment, policies, and procedures to meet the needs of their community.
Members shall maintain an open and candid relationship with their communities through a commitment to informing the community and news media of events within the public domain handled by or involving their agency.
PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS COMMITTEE
RECEIPT OF COMPLAINTS
The Board of Directors will review the complaint and decide if it warrants investigation. The Professional Standards Committee may be directed to investigate a complaint or in the case of an active or sworn associate member, refer a complaint to the member's employing agency upon a majority vote of the Board of Directors. No investigation or referral shall commence without the consent of the Board of Directors.
INVESTIGATION OF COMPLAINTS
All investigations shall be completed in an expeditious manner, and reports should be submitted to the Board of Directors within three (3) months. Extensions may be granted by the Board. Results compiled from an employing agency's investigation and/or the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission's actions shall be forwarded to the Board as soon as possible after the conclusion of their investigation.
The Professional Standards Committee shall report their findings to the Board of Directors, as follows:
- UNFOUNDED - The alleged act did not occur and no other violations occurred;
- EXONERATED - The alleged act occurred, but was not a violation;
- NOT-SUSTAINED - The alleged act cannot be proven or disproved;
- SUSTAINED - The allegation is true, or other violations were discovered during the investigation.
- Letter of Censure;
- Suspension from the Association;
- Termination of Membership.
I have read and understand the above FPCA Code of Ethics and do hereby agree to comply with the high standards of professional ethics contained therein.
Name (please print) _____________________________________ Date _________
Please complete, sign and return to FPCA Headquarters for our records. Mailing address:
FPCA, P.O. Box 14038, Tallahassee, FL 32317-4038 or FAX to 850-219-3640.