"You Lie, You Die"…Or Do You Live Depending On The Circumstances?
October 08, 2014 | 10:00 AM
"Honest in thought and deed in both my personal and official life, I will be exemplary in obeying the laws of the land and the regulations of my department…." So says the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics. Yet, in reality, just how closely do police administrators, managers and supervisors adhere to the requirement that their officers be "honest in deed and thought?" Over decades, the mantra that, "You lie, you die" has been spoken in the executive offices of most, if not all, California law enforcement agencies. Nonetheless, police administrators, managers and supervisors are probably aware of department sworn staff in their or other departments who remain employed, but who have in the past breached their duty of honesty in one form or another.