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Law enforcement officers are expected to live up to the highest professional and personal standards of life. With every passing day and just like all people; the faith, honor and integrity of a law enforcement official will be tested. Law enforcement officials are tempted with and can easily succumb to deviant activity. While it is the officer's role to live above the law, it is the administration's role to intervene and provide assistance to those show signs of deviancy, depression, or aggression.

?[E]thics can be defined as the practical, normative study of the rightness and wrongness of human conduct.? (Dempsey, 2010) Ethics, integrity, and values go hand in hand for the law enforcement official. A police officer is expected to live above the law, well after their shift has ended. When a law enforcement officer clocks out for the night, they are expected to go home and live up to the same code of ethics they follow while in uniform and on the clock. An officer of the law takes an oath, the officer vows to ?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.? (International Association of Chiefs of Police, 1950) Living above the law can be very hard for law enforcement officials.

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