Dear Law Enforcement Professional:
The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) are pleased to present you with the Ethics Toolkit: Enhancing Law Enforcement Ethics in a Community Policing Environment.
The IACP Police Image and Ethics Committee undertook a detailed analysis of ethics training within the United States police departments. Following three years of surveying and research the committee concluded:
"Ethics remains our greatest training and leadership need today."
Both the IACP membership and the COPS Office agree with the Police Image and Ethics Committee's finding and consider ethics an important training and leadership need. This toolkit is both a call to action and a resource guide to assist local law enforcement agencies.
Local agencies using the activities and programs contained in this toolkit will heighten the awareness and visibility of law enforcement's ethical standards both internally and externally. The tools are here to engage your agency in the building blocks of high ethical standards and to demonstrate your department's commitment to ethics and professionalism to your community.
We encourage you to take a leadership role in the law enforcement profession.
William B. Berger
International Association of Chiefs of Police
Carl R. Peed
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services