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As a Deputy Sheriff, Correction Officer or Civilian Employee of the Delaware County Sheriffís Office, my fundamental obligation is to protect the constitutional rights and freedoms of the people whom I have been sworn to serve and protect.  I also understand it is my obligation to uphold the institution of the Office of Sheriff and not allow my conduct to diminish the integrity of that Office as well as the character of the Sheriff.

Although I realize the way I choose to conduct my private affairs is generally a personal freedom, I realize that I will make personal sacrifices as part of my employment with the Office of Sheriff.  Moreover, I further realize I must accept responsibility for my actions, as well as my inactions, both on duty and off. I also realize that my behavior is closely scrutinized by the public at large and that the consequences of my actions have the capability of bringing either respect or disrespect on my employer, my fellow employees and the Office of Sheriff.

I vow to perform all of my duties in a professional and competent manner. I will be courageous in the face of danger; yet exercise restraint in the use of my power and authority to this, the ultimate public trust. I accept the challenge to consistently strive to achieve excellence and in so doing, to obtain the necessary knowledge and skills associated with my duties. I will keep myself physically fit and mentally alert; and thus capable of performing my duties at the caliber expected of one in my position.

In the course of my duties I will be honest and truthful and not mislead those dependent upon my honesty.  I will obey those very laws that I have sworn to uphold. I will seek affirmative ways to comply with the standards of my department and the lawful directions of my supervisors.

I vow to treat others with courtesy at all times. I consider it to be a professional weakness to allow anotherís behavior to dictate my response. I will not allow othersí actions or failings to excuse me from performing my duties in a responsible and professional manner.

Although I will endeavor to empathize with the people with whom I come into daily contact, I will not allow my personal feelings, prejudices, animosities, or friendships to influence the discretionary authority with which I have been entrusted. I will consciously seek ways to avoid any conflicts or potential conflicts of interest that have the capability of compromising either my official authority or the publicís image.

I understand that my personal character and conduct must be beyond reproach, both on and off duty.  I will not befriend or associate with known criminals, inmates or former inmates of any institution, or other people of questionable moral character.  Further, I will not associate with individuals that may appear to create a conflict with my professional obligations or appearance of conflict with the values associated with the Office of Sheriff.  This is to include personal relationships, social acquaintances, various mediums of social media, etc...  I will only allow myself to be surrounded by individuals of strong moral character so as to not jeopardize the honor of the Office of Sheriff, which I am sworn to uphold and protect.

In my position, I hold the inherent expectation that the publicís trust is well placed in my capability and good judgment. I do no take this trust lightly. As long as I remain in my position, I will dedicate myself to preserving this trust and in so doing uphold and promote the honor and lofty ideals established by the Office of Sheriff.