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Code of Ethics

CMPA Cadet Ethical Standards of Conduct

Purpose

This policy defines proper conduct for a Cadet of the Central Missouri Police Academy. It is based on common ethical codes used in Law Enforcement organizations and is designed to not only ensure ethical conduct by a CMPA Cadet but also to prepare that Cadet for expected behavior when they are employed by a Law Enforcement agency.

Scope
This policy applies to all Cadets enrolled in a CMPA course. Unless otherwise noted, this policy also applies to “off duty” conduct when the Cadet identifies him or herself as a CMPA Cadet or is wearing any insignia that indicates their status as a CMPA Cadet. Conduct not mentioned under a specific rule, but which violates a generally accepted principle of ethical behavior is prohibited.

Standards of Conduct
1) Any person who, while attending the academy or other training activity at UCM, violates the rules and regulations of the University, fails to perform satisfactory work, fails to make satisfactory academic progress, displays rude or disruptive behavior toward students, faculty, staff members and others at the University, will be subject to dismissal. All disciplinary actions will be conducted in such a manner as to be compliant with the procedures established by the University. The occurrence of any disciplinary problems that do not have a University proscribed/prescribed response will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. The Director of the academy or his representative will determine appropriate action(s) necessary to resolve the problem and prevent future problems.

2) All trainees are required to be prompt for class and all academy functions.

3) Should any trainee become ill and report for class, the trainee is to notify the Academy staff and, when possible, report the illness prior to the beginning of classes.

4) Trainees who get injured during academy training and related activities, must immediately notify the instructor in charge, who will determine if medical attention is required. Injured trainees will make a written report of the incident to the Academy Director. Notification of injury and associated circumstances must be made at the earliest practical time.

5) Trainees shall not possess or consume alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs while in attendance. Controlled substances may be taken only as legally prescribed. Trainees shall not report to class under the influence of alcohol or with the odor of an alcoholic beverage on their breath. Trainees that are taking any legally prescribed medication that may impair their ability to safely operate a motor vehicle or firearm, or take part in physical fitness or practical exercises, must inform the Director or instructor before such event is to take place. Any trainee suspected of being impaired as a result of being under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance may be dismissed from the academy. Possession, use, and abuse of illegal drugs/substances will result in the trainee being dismissed from the Academy.

6) The use of tobacco in any form is not permitted on the UCM campus (1/1/14). Personal vehicles are exempt.

7) Eating is not allowed in the classrooms, and drinks must be in securely covered containers.

8) There must be no loud talking, noise, profane language or horseplay on campus or at training activities at any time.

9) Trainees will be provided with a training schedule. This schedule is for planning purposes and may be changed to accommodate changes in facility availability and instructor availability. Trainees are required to read the training schedule and adapt to schedule adjustments.

10) Parking of private vehicles on the UCM campus is governed by the traffic rules and regulations established by the UCM Department of Public Safety (DPS). A copy of these rules and a campus map may be obtained from DPS at 306 Broad Street, Warrensburg, Missouri. Trainees may purchase parking permits at the beginning of the academy. These permits enable the trainee to park in designated parking lots indicated on the permit. Failure to display the permit and/or parking in areas other than those designated will result in the issuance of a ticket for the parking violation. Trainees who have excessive parking violations (5 or more) during an academy may be dismissed from the Academy. All outstanding fines must be paid prior to academy graduation or the certificate of graduation and state certification may be withheld.

11) Trainees are required to obey laws and statutes of the United States, the State of Missouri, and all ordinances and rules enacted or pursuant to any other legal authority. Trainees are also required to have and maintain a valid operator’s license during the academy.

12) Any trainee arrested during the academy shall be presumed innocent until proven guilty. The trainee will be dismissed from the academy to allow the trainee the opportunity to devote full attention and time to resolving the issues surrounding his/her arrest. Once the trainee is proven innocent, charges are dropped or dismissed as unfounded; the trainee may reapply for admission to the next available academy. There is no implied guarantee that the trainee will be readmitted to the next available academy. POST will review the circumstances and determine if the trainee meets the legal requirements for admission to the Academy according to Chapter 590 of Missouri Revised Statutes and any other applicable laws or regulations that might pertain to the trainee’s academy enrollment.

13) Trainees are required to conduct themselves as ladies and gentlemen, and are required to practice all common rules of etiquette. Trainees shall not ridicule, mock, deride, taunt, belittle, willfully embarrass, humiliate, or shame another trainee unless such act is part of a prescribed practical exercise, as part of the course. Trainees shall refrain from using profanity, and shall not behave in a manner that inhibits the ability of any other cadet to successfully complete the course. These rules apply anywhere on the UCM campus, and at any time trainees are identifiable as CMPA cadets.

14) Trainees will refer to all Academy / University faculty and staff as Mr., Ms., Professor, Doctor, or by title if they are sworn officers.

15) Trainees shall exercise professional courtesy at all times, and especially when addressing Academy staff, UCM officials, guests, and members of government and law enforcement organizations.

16) Trainees shall refrain from any conduct that detracts from the public’s faith in the integrity of the CMPA, University of Central Missouri, or any law enforcement agency. Trainees are prohibited from attempting to impersonate a law enforcement officer, or infer they have any authority greater than that of an ordinary citizen. Trainees may not wear duty gear, whether CMPA issued or personal, away from the CMPA training unless authorized.

17) Trainees shall not express, whether by act, omission, or statement, prejudice concerning race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, and status with regard to public assistance, disability, sexual orientation, or age.

18) Trainees shall not commit any act which, as defined under federal or Missouri law, constitutes sexual harassment, and are specifically prohibited from making sexual advances, requesting sexual favors, engaging in sexually motivated physical contact, or other verbal or physical conduct or communication of a sexual nature with any other cadet, during the course of any academy related activity regardless of consent, from the beginning of the academy until after graduation. Exceptions to the “communication” prohibition apply to certain training scenarios.

19) Trainers shall refrain from any sexual advances, requesting sexual favors, engaging in sexually motivated physical contact, or other verbal or physical conduct or communication of a sexual nature with any Academy staff, at any time from the beginning of an academy until after graduation.

20) Trainees shall promptly obey all lawful and proper instructions issued by an instructor or other Academic staff member. Reasonable concerns regarding the propriety of any directives should be reported to the Director.

21) Trainees are responsible for the proper care and handling of equipment, vehicles, or other materials in their custody during the academy. Any losses or damages will be reported to the instructor in charge of the training activity.

22) Trainees will abide by these rules and regulations and other rules, regulations, ordinances, and laws that govern their behavior and activities during the academy.

23) Trainees shall avoid regular personal associations with persons who are known to engage in criminal activity where such associations will undermine the public trust and confidence in the cadet, or the CMPA. This rule does not prohibit those associations that are unavoidable because of the cadet’s personal or family relationships.

24) Trainees shall not use their position, or UCM or CMPA identification (1) for personal or financial gain, for themselves or another person; (2) for obtaining privileges not otherwise available to them; and (3) for avoiding consequences of unlawful or prohibited actions.

25) Trainees shall not authorize the use of their names, photographs or titles in a manner that identifies them as a cadet of the CMPA in connection with advertisements for any product, commodity or commercial enterprise.

26) Trainees will not bring weapons or ammunition onto UCM or contracted training property without prior approval from an instructor. Cadets may not carry any devices, such as OC spray or batons, that they have not been properly trained and certified to carry and employ.

27) Academic Property – Written and/or practical examinations will be administered in most of the courses presented at the Academy. All tests are the property of the Academy and, as such, are sensitive items. No test material is allowed to be in the students’ possession without the supervision of the instructor or staff person in charge.

28) Full Participation: Trainees are required to fully participate in all scheduled Basic Academy courses, whether classroom, practical, or physical training. If injury or illness hinders the ability to fully participate in the assigned physical training for a given day, an alternative may be allowed by the instructor as long as it approximately equates to the goals of the regularly assigned activity for that day. If there is no acceptable alternative available, the student will be required to make up the lost time before the end of the Academy.

29) Physical Training (PT) Make-Up: Since physical training may not be made up by studying course objectives and lesson plans, this is the only area in which a student may eliminate missed hours by making them up on an hour-for-hour basis. All missed PT hours must be made up before the end of the Academy or the trainee will not be allowed to graduate.

30) Injuring classmates: If a student injures a classmate during training, in a manner that was intentional, reckless (knew the act was unreasonably dangerous and proceeded anyway), or careless (should have known the act was likely to cause injury but did not proceed with due caution or adjustment), and causes the injured student to miss class/training time, the offending student will be suspended from class for the same amount of time. This will be added to the offending student’s cumulative hours missed for POST reporting and attendance requirements.  The determination of the nature of the incident will be based on the Director’s/Assistant Director’s findings after the investigation of the incident.

 

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