You spot a car and its three occupants sitting at a traffic signal. They do their best not to make eye contact with you. Something doesn’t look right, so you follow them. The driver appears like he’s taking his license exam, driving slightly under the speed limit, between the lines, and stopping completely at stop signs. All lights are working and the plates are current and clear.
You continue to follow because you know something just isn’t right, and sooner or later, a violation will occur giving you the legal means to investigate. But after several blocks, no violation or other legitimate reason for a stop occurs. So you turn off, discontinuing the surveillance. You make a mental note of the car because that is how the noble business of law enforcement is done. You play by the rules.
Every instinct you have tells you the car and its occupants are suspicious, but you need more. We live and work in a nation governed by laws, not instincts. The Constitution recognizes personal rights and liberties. What may seem to be a noble cause isn’t when it involves bending the rules. You work to the edge, but you don’t cross the line.
Instincts are valuable and can serve you well, but as a law enforcement officer, you took an oath to enforce the law within the confines of the Constitution. You do not work in a profession where “the end justifies the means.”
Your job is noble when it is performed under the law and the Constitution. Your job is hard and requires actions that many can’t contemplate. You make difficult split-second decisions daily, and people rely on you when they are experiencing crises. You put yourself in harm’s way, sometimes under the most urgent and unforgiving circumstances.
The purpose of this course is to inspire you to look inward and to help you reaffirm your commitment to embracing Constitutional principles as the unchanging True North compass point for making challenging, tough decisions.
Because only the noble can be trusted with your job.