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Wildlife Officer Code of Ethics*

 

As a wildlife law enforcement officer, my fundamental duty is to serve mankind and the public by protecting, preserving, and conserving our wildlife resources.   Further, it is to assure that all who wish, have an equal opportunity to share in the enjoyment of our wildlife heritage that we all possess, but at the same time to prevent the illegal overuse or endangerment that would jeopardize the right of future generations to enjoy the same wildlife resource for time eternal.  I pledge to respect the constitutional rights of all men to liberty, equality, and justice.

I will keep my private life untarnished 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.  I will be exemplary in obeying the laws of the land and the regulations of my Agency and be honest in thought and deed in both my personal and official life.  Whatever I see or hear of a personal and confidential nature or that is confided to me in my official capacity will be kept secret unless revelation is necessary in the performance of my duty.

I will never act officiously or permit personal feelings, prejudices, animosities or friendships to influence my decisions.  With no compromise for violations and with relentless pursuit of violators, 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 a symbol of public faith and I accept it as a public trust to he held so long as I am true to the ethics of a law enforcement officer. I will constantly strive to achieve these objectives and ideals, dedicating myself before God to my chosen profession . . . WILDLIFE LAW ENFORCEMENT.

 

*Adapted from Wildlife Law Enforcement Class, as taught by Mr. Carl Cude, Supervisor Region III, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.