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Code of Professional Ethics

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In the conduct of their services, all members of York Regional Police must:

  • Understand their primary responsibility is to share with the community the responsibility for improving quality of life by safeguarding lives and property, preventing and investigating offences and preserving peace and order
  • Are guided by the values of the service which include our people, community, integrity, leadership, accountability, competence and teamwork
  • Appreciate the importance and responsibility of their positions as a symbol of public faith, adhering to the same standards of conduct that they are bound by duty to enforce
  • Preserve the rights and freedoms of all individuals in accordance with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and Ontario Human Rights Code
  • Faithfully administer the law in a just, impartial and reasonable manner to all individuals, regardless of race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, gender, age, mental or physical disability, or sexual orientation
  • Understand and encourage continuing awareness of the culturally-diverse nature of York Region, remain responsive to community issues and concerns, and are committed to developing and enhancing community partnerships
  • Never permit personal feelings, animosities or friendships to influence professional decisions and actions and refrain from accepting gratuities or favours that may compromise them as individuals or members of York Regional Police
  • Perform their duties within the limits of authority and recognize the importance of consistently enhancing their level of knowledge and competence
  • Ensure good faith in all their actions and respect the confidentiality of any information obtained in the course of duty
  • Remain faithful in their allegiance to Canada and strive to attain excellence in the performance of their duties