Code of Ethics

Sheriffs and Deputies of the State of Iowa have a primary duty to contribute to the safety and well-being of the citizens of Iowa by upholding the laws of Iowa and the United States of America.

We will ensure that the laws will be enforced equally for every individual. That we use discretion, honesty, and common sense in the performance of our duties.

We accept the reality that we must be able to modify our personal attitudes, animosities, and prejudices according to each situation to which we respond.

We will not condone unconstitutional treatment of any individual during the performance of our duties.

We understand that our profession is one in which we are expected to morally and ethically set an example twenty-four hours a day for the community in which we live and work.

We will work diligently to ensure that each Sheriff and Deputy is trained to maintain the standards required to perform our duties in a competent, professional manner.

The seven point star with the Sheriffs' Seal, that we wear on our chest, represents our loyalty and trust to the justice system and the people we represent.

We will strive to dedicate our lives to improve our law enforcement profession to meet the needs of the people and the State of Iowa.