Southern Ute Tribal Seal

Detention Officer Code of Ethics

As a Southern Ute Detention Officer, my fundamental duty is to serve the membership of the Southern Ute Tribe and community: to keep the institution secure, to safeguard the membership and the lives of the staff, inmates and visitors on the premises.

I will keep my private life unsullied as an example to all: 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 in both my personal and official life: I will be exemplary in obeying the laws of the land and the regulations of my agency. 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, animosities or friendships to influence my decisions. I will refrain from becoming personally involved in the lives of the inmates and their families, except as related to the responsibilities of my job. With no compromise, I will enforce the rules and regulations courteously and appropriately without fear or favor, malice or ill will, and never employing unnecessary use of force or violence. I will manage and supervise the inmates in an evenhanded and courteous manner.

I will work with each agency and individual firmly and fairly without regard to rank, status, or condition. I will treat all visitors to the Detention Center with politeness and respect, and do my utmost to ensure that they observe the department’s regulations. I will communicate with no hesitation with people in or outside the facility, whether by phone, written word, or spoken word in a manner that does not reflect negativity upon my agency or the Southern Ute Membership.

I recognize that the badge I wear is 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 detention service. I will constantly strive to achieve these objectives and ideals, dedicating myself to my chosen profession… Detention Officer.