I am proud to note that these policies have been developed with creative input from many who have preceded us in our careers. While many of these policies reflect state and federal laws and court opinions, many other policies have been formulated based upon progress and successful leadership.
This office has made a commitment in providing you and the citizens of Coffey County with the best possible policies related to law enforcement, corrections, and jail health. To this commitment, we have contracted with a company called Lexipol. Many local law enforcement agencies have adopted this service and are discovering that standardizing law enforcement policies carries many benefits.
Our policies and procedures define who we are and reflect our values. Many of these policies are well-founded on state and federal laws and others are borne from experience and success. Your job, your future, and in many instances your family's future and security depends upon your awareness and compliance with these policies, rules, and procedures. The policies are designed to provide you with guidance in fulfilling your responsibilities on a daily basis. The rules and procedures are designed to provide consistency in how all of us perform specific responsibilities.
A solid future with the Coffey County Sheriff's Office is reserved only for those who choose to learn and follow these policies, rules, and procedures. Your conduct and behavior are not only a reflection of you, they are a reflection of your team members and the person elected to serve as your Sheriff.
If you have questions about or additional input into our policies, you are encouraged to discuss your ideas during a team meeting or with your supervisor. While the Sheriff is the only authority who can approve a policy for the Sheriff's Office, successful policies require participation from others. Anyone can identify something that is broken. It takes a leader to select one thing that is already working and make it better.
Sheriff Thomas L. Johnson
Law Enforcement Code of Ethics
As a law enforcement officer, my fundamental duty is to serve the community; to safeguard lives and property; to protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation and the peaceful against abuse or disorder; and to respect the constitutional rights of all to liberty, equality and justice.
I will keep my private life unsullied as an example to all and will behave in a manner that does not bring discredit to me or to my agency. I will maintain courageous calm in the face of danger, scorn or ridicule; develop self-restraint; and be constantly mindful of the welfare of others. Honest in thought and deed both in my personal and official life, I will be exemplary in obeying the law and the regulations of my department. Whatever I see or hear of a confidential nature or that is confided to me in my official capacity will be kept ever secret unless revelation is necessary in the performance of my duty.
I will never act officiously or permit personal feelings, prejudices, political beliefs, aspirations, animosities or friendships to influence my decisions. With no compromise for crime and with relentless prosecution of criminals, I will enforce the law courteously and appropriately without fear or favor, malice or ill will, never employing unnecessary force or abuse and never accepting gratuities.
I recognize the badge of my office as a symbol of public faith, and I accept it as a public trust to be held so long as I am true to the ethics of police service. I will never engage in acts of corruption or bribery, nor will I condone such acts by other police officers. I will cooperate with all legally authorized agencies and their representatives in the pursuit of justice.
I know that I alone am responsible for my own standard of professional performance and will take every reasonable opportunity to enhance and improve my level of knowledge and competence.
I will constantly strive to achieve these objectives and ideals, dedicating myself before God to my chosen profession . . . law enforcement.
Coffey County Sheriff's Office Mission Statement
It is our mission that the Coffey County Sheriff's Office serve the citizens and visitors of Coffey County by providing professional law enforcement, detention, and dispatch services that protects and preserves the Constitutional Rights of the people and mandates the fair and impartial enforcement of the law.