Ethics Policies

Ethics Policies

A number of Model Policies from the IACPs National Law Enforcement Policy Center address or are related to ethical conduct.

These policies are summarized and linked below. Please note access to model policy links is an IACP members only benefit.

Corruption Prevention Model Policy

The purpose of this policy is to prevent corruption in this law enforcement agency and to prescribe actions to be taken in the event that corruption is alleged and/or identified.


Note: Members only access Corruption Prevention Model Policy


Early Warning System Model Policy

This policy is intended to assist police supervisors and managers in identifying officers and other employees whose performance warrants review and, where appropriate, intervention in circumstances that may have negative consequences for the employee, fellow employees, this agency, and/or the general public.

 Note: Members only access Early Warning System Model Policy


Investigation of Employee Misconduct Model Policy

The purpose of this policy is to inform all employees and the public of procedures for accepting, processing and investigating complaints concerning allegations of employee misconduct. This policy defines provisions applicable only to investigation and disposition of allegations of administrative misconduct.

 Note: Members only access Employee Misconduct Model Policy


Grievance Procedures Model Policy

The purpose of this policy is to provide a procedure whereby employees may resolve certain disputes or complaints concerning their employment.

 Note: Members only access Grievance Procedures Model Policy


Inspections Model Policy

The purpose of this policy is to establish procedures for conducting inspections of the departments administrative functions, facilities, property, equipment, operations, and personnel.  


Note: Members only access Inspections Model Policy


Officer-Involved Shootings Model Policy


It is the purpose of this policy to provide guidelines for the investigation of officer-involved shootings. The policy also provides guidance for investigation of in-custody deaths and other serious uses of force.


Note: Members only access Officer-Involved Shootings Model Policy

Related Page: IACP Center for Officer Safety and Wellness


Personal Relationships in the Workplace

This paper examines such personal relationships, their effects upon a department, and the legal issues they raise, so that managers may better understand the challenges presented and the approaches that may be taken.

Note: This is a discussion paper and not a model policy. Members only access Personal Relationships in the Workplace paper 


Police-Citizen Contacts Model Policy


The purpose of this policy is to define the limitations of authority and acceptable conduct and practices of officers when making police business contacts with citizens.


Note: Members only access Police-Citizen Contacts Model Policy


Post-Shooting Personnel Support


The purpose of this policy is to provide guidelines that shall be uniformly applied following any officer-involved shooting incident, in order to minimize the chance that officers will suffer from the negative emotional and psychological reactions that can occur after the use of deadly force in an on- or off-duty confrontation. This policy is designed to address the needs of the officer who discharged his or her firearm.


Note: Members only access Post-Shooting Personnel Support Model Policy


Reporting Use of Force

The purpose of this policy is to provide officers and supervisors with guidelines for reporting use of force.

Note: Members only access Reporting Use of Force Model Policy


Retaliatory Conduct Model Policy

The purpose of this policy is to complement departmental integrity and avoid hostile treatment of fellow employees by requiring the mandatory reporting of serious infractions of departmental policy, procedure, or rules and by prohibiting retaliatory conduct or action against employees who make such reports.

Note: Members only access Retaliatory Conduct Model Policy


Standards of Conduct Model Policy

The purpose of this policy is to provide additional specificity to the standards of conduct embodied in the law enforcement officers code of ethics and this agency's statement of values so that officers of this agency ill better understand prohibitions and limitations pertaining to their conduct and activities while on and off duty.

Note: Members only access Standards of Conduct Model Policy



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