Honor, Integrity and Trust and a sincere commitment to the community that you serve. Regardless of what you have been told and have been indoctrinated to believe, your loyalty and sacred Oath is to the Constitution of the United States of America and the Bill of Rights, and additionally the Sacred Oath of Law Enforcement.
On the surface it doesn’t appear to be much of a challenge to follow the Oath of Law Enforcemen; after all, it is plainly spelled out for you and there shouldn’t be much of an argument or misunderstanding.
Under any and all circumstances, NEVER violate your Oath, either to the Constitution of the United States of America and the Bill of Rights, or to the Law Enforcement code of ethics.
The following (not all-inclusive) is a list of suggested “Don’t Evers”; 1. Never lie. 2. Never cheat or steal. 3. Never allow a co-worker to continue to lie, cheat and steal. 4. Never betray a confidence, unless it is required and part of your lawful duty. 5. Never violate anyone’s Constitutional Rights. 6. Never obey an unconstitutional or unlawful order, no matter from how high up the rank of supervision or administration it comes or even if it may appear to be condoned or tolerated. 7. Never allow yourself to become an unwittingly “Blunt instrument team player” just to comply with the status quo and popular accepted unlawful practices by others. 8. Never, under any circumstances, accept a gratuity, no matter how well-meaning it may appear. 9. Never use your authority for personal gain or for the personal gain of others. 10. Never take advantage of persons that are in need of police intervention and guidance.
The list could go on and on, but everyone of sound mind knows the difference between Right and Wrong; only you can choose. It is very easy for a police officer to stray to the dark side, if that police officer is not a deliberate person worthy of carrying the badge, wearing the uniform, and honorably following his Sacred Oath of Law Enforcement.
Not even once can a police officer stray from the “Thin Blue Line”; for if that should happen, that police officer disgraces every other police officer that carries the badge, and that disgrace is forever.
Rank has no meaning as to whether due respect and honor is afforded that person. One only has to research and examine the history of a police department to know whether or not that public entity is honorable or not. It is up to the real police officers in the police department to rid the organization of corruption wherever and whenever it is found, by those who do the noticing and the observing of such corruption. If this is not done without any malice or forethought and with Honor, then prepare yourself to enter into Hell, and experience a career of frustration, anxiety, self-doubt, and eventual total disgrace, maybe contributing to suicidal death, which is prevalent among police officers that have violated their Oath.
The HOA Scandal is a perfect example of how several police mid-level manager’s malignant greed and avarice can not only destroy their lives and their family’s lives, but also create an almost permanent stain on the reputation and integrity of the whole police organizational law enforcement service. There is no doubt in my mind that only a small
portion of true offenders in the HOA are being brought to justice by the Federal Justice Department, so as not to cripple the entire corrupt infrastructure of our local government. Remember that scandal
was flourishing from 2003 to 2009, with the LVMPD’s help and assistance. I imagine that the 2007 murder of LVMPD Officer Kevin Scott Dailey is associated with that HOA scandal, as are four alleged suspects who allegedly committed suicide. Officer Kevin Dailey’s death conveniently was ruled “Undetermined,” without proper investigation or
There are many unsolved crimes committed by the LVMPD directly, and many crimes in which it can be said that they are complicit in covering up felonious acts. It is very easy to get caught up in these criminal acts, cover ups and omissions. It is impossible to ever separate yourself from these criminal acts if you ever succumb to the
pressures of “dominate superiority and fear” which is how the police department is structured and operates.
After almost forty years of loyal honorable law enforcement service, I have come to the realization that there is nobody in the civilian population that could harm me psychologically or spiritually, or could damage my belief system, while enforcing the Laws of the Land, and protecting my community.
The real cancer-causing enemy is behind you (corrupted police administration), those who falsely condone and tolerate unlawful police practices and continually use expendable real police officers as political scapegoats for their own benefit.
My suggestion is to be hyper-vigilant in your duties, stay awake, and become informed and knowledgeable of current events and ever vigilant in spotting corruption of any nature, protecting your community and yourself from its unholy contamination.
My sincere best wishes to the new police academy graduates for a long-lasting and fruitful career in Law Enforcement. If the truth be known, I have no regrets whatsoever; the job was so good, rewarding and honorable that I would have done the job for free — no kidding.
Remember to keep your faith, keep your gun and they can keep their change. I
Gordon Martines is a former LVMPD detective who has served in many capacities over his 39-year career in law enforcement. He was a candidate for sheriff in 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014, with the intention of bringing integrity and accountability back to the department, and filed a federal lawsuit against LVMPD in 2011. Martines has appeared on “Face The Tribune” radio show several times and is currently the host of “Open Mic” on Tuesdays and Thursday at 11:00 a.m. He contributes his opinions and ideas to the Las Vegas Tribune to keep the public informed and help improve policing in Las Vegas.