DISCOVER THE PEACE OFFICER PROMISE
The Peace Officer Promise is policing’s Hippocratic Oath for police and law enforcement. Like the oath officers take about upholding the Constitution and protecting the people of your community, Peace Officer Promise is a declaration by policing organizations to their communities which conveys the nobility of policing. It reads:
We, [insert department name], promise that while doing our best to control crime, we will do everything in our power to do harm to the communities we serve and protect.
Agencies are personalizing Peace Officer Promise with their own language to reflect the uniqueness of their communities and then holding live local events.
Peace Officer Promise Video
Watch this Peace Officer Promise to learn more about the Hippocratic Oath for Policing and how it is a declaration by policing organizations to their communities to seek to do better.
Peace Officer Promise
This in-depth web page provides a deep dive into the Peace Officer Promise, why it's needed today it serves to both build public trust and confidence in the police and highlight the nobility of policing.
Peace Officer Promise™ is a community policing tool which helps an agency build public trust and confidence by making a public reaffirmation of its commitment to serve and protect. Like the oath officers take about upholding the Constitution and protecting the people of your community, the Promise is a declaration by policing organizations to their communities. As a curriculum, Peace Officer Promise serves to both build public trust and confidence in the police and highlight the nobility of policing. It does this by training officers and the community about the possibility of harm which may occur as a result of unintended consequences of some policing strategies And it states a pledge to seek to do better.
In this way, Peace Officer Promise is like policing’s Hippocratic Oath. Similar to the oath which physicians take to do no harm, this oath which acknowledges the notion of harm reduction by the police redefines, reimagines and advances policing. The National Event consists of agencies around the country each embarking on the training and making their own Peace Officer Promise to their communities. It began during the Summer 2022 with the first agencies making their promises to their communities in live local events. The month of May was chosen for its announcement because it’s the month when we honor the Peace Officers of this country who fulfilled the promise they made to their communities, including risking and ultimately giving their lives. Because we honor these Peace Officers during the month of May, it seems appropriate to honor all of the officers of this country who, day in and day out, are doing their best to serve their communities in a fair and just manor.
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