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Fly the Blue

Every  year,  the week in May that includes May 15th is designated National Police  Week.   During  this  week, C.O.P.S.---Concerns of Police Survivors promotes  the  display  of  blue  ribbons  tied  on  vehicle  antennas as a reminder  to  the  public of the men and women in law enforcement that have paid  the ultimate price and have given their lives in the line of duty. It  also honors the officers who protect and serve us each day.

This  year  marks the  58th  year that officially recognizes officers who have given their lives in the line of duty to protect and serve the public. In 1962 President John F. Kennedy signed Public Law 87-726 which designates May  15th as the official National Peace Officers Memorial Day and national events  are  held  in  Washington, D. C. during that weekly period.  It has been  said  that  President  Kennedy  reviewed  the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics  and  incorporated  it  in to the law to help bring awareness to the integrity and dedication  a law enforcement officer must have.

More  than 16,000  law  enforcement families have lost loved ones in the line  of  duty  while  serving  in  the  law enforcement field.  Each year, between 140-160 law enforcement officers are killed in the line of duty and unfortunately that number seems to be growing.

The  Brown  County  Sheriffs office would like to invite the public to help honor  those  who  have lost their lives by displaying a blue ribbon on the antenna  of your vehicle. This year we are asking that everyone be creative and  display  blue  ribbons  in  support  of  the  men  and  women  in  law enforcement.  We will have blue ribbons available free of charge during the
week of May 10-16th  at the Brown County Sheriffs office.

If  you have any questions, please contact the Brown County Sheriffs office at 785-742-7125.

                      Law Enforcement Code Of Ethics

      As a law enforcement officer, my fundamental duty is to serve the
community; 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 right of
all to liberty, equality and justice.

       I will keep my private life unsullied as an example to all and will
behave in a manner that does not bring discredit to me or to my agency.  I
will 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 both in my personal and official life, I will be
exemplary in obeying the law 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, political beliefs, aspirations, 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 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 police service.  I will never engage in acts of corruption or bribery,
nor will I condone such acts by other police officers.  I will cooperate
with all legally authorized agencies and their representatives in the
pursuit of justice.

        I know that I alone am responsible for my own standard of
professional performance and will take every reasonable opportunity to
enhance and improve my level of knowledge and competence.

       I will constantly strive to achieve these objectives and ideals,
dedicating myself before God to my chosen enforcement.

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