Edenton Police Department

                Edenton Police Department Code Of Ethics

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 violence or disorder; and to respect the constitutional rights of all men 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 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 in both 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 violence 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 the police service.  

I will constantly strive to achieve these objectives and ideals, dedicating myself before God to my chosen profession...law enforcement.  

Chief of Police

 Jay Fortenbery


301 North Oakum Street

Edenton, North Carolina 27932

Phone: (252)482-5144

Fax: (252)482-4999

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