Oath of Office for L.E.O.'s


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James T Thomas
July 9, 2008, 01:54 PM
In consideration of the recent US Supreme Court decision concerning the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution; the Supeme Law of the Land;

Have you, and the members of your department, as part of your Oath of Office, forsworn to protect and uphold the Constitution of the United States of America?

Or, then, -not included?

I'm asking from ignorance, as I have no knowledge of whether or not this is universal, or that I am presuming things.
You know; times change.

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armoredman
July 9, 2008, 02:53 PM
Serve and protect. I swore the other20 years ago, still binding in my mind.

James T Thomas
July 9, 2008, 04:09 PM
ArmoredMan:

Thanks for the response, and yes, for your service too at keeping the wolves at bay.

I entered the field to create a poll, but I must have omitted something or filled the questions out incorrectly, because, all I have is a post.

My question sir was specifically the wording of your oath. Not so much the wording, but rather the content.
I'm hoping that most L.E.O.'s swear; legally binding, to uphold and protect the US Constitution, so that by what ever integrity they possess, what ever
fear of violating the law -themselves, they may have; that in the performance of their duties, that they can be relied on to remain within the boundaries of that fundamental Document of our freedoms.
Not withstanding adherence to any state or local constitution or charters.

I have in the back of my mind the violations by law enforcement that occured after hurricane Katrina in New Orleans where the chief of police directed his officers to confiscate; rob all citizens of any firearm what so ever.

I'm particularly sensitive to this; having served in the 82nd Airborne Div., and
doing similar things in Wash.D.C. to the citizenry, along with the municipal police and National Guard in 1967.

If swearing to allegiance to the US and upholding and protecting the US Constitution is not included in most of the oaths of office any more, then, it is ominous!

How, specifically, were the details of your oath? -Tied to the Constitution, or not?

Thanks, again.

jrfoxx
July 9, 2008, 04:09 PM
good question. never really thought about wether or not LEOs take an oath, though I'd assume they do, and what exactly they take an oath to do (in general, as I imagine it varys a bit from city/county/state, etc at least, moreso than by department/precinct, or however LEO's are divided up in the same city)

Also, I agree with armoredman, as I remember what I swore to in the Navy just 7 years ago, and I KNOW there was no "time limit" on it, and I act as such.

waterhouse
July 9, 2008, 04:09 PM
We did, but it was a federal agency, not local LE. I don't know if that makes a difference. We took the oath on the first day we showed up before they shipped us off to the academy, once again at our graduation from the academy, and once again when returning to our assigned station.

Jeff White
July 9, 2008, 08:54 PM
Off topic not gun related at all. Try over at http://www.armedpolitesociety.com/

Jeff

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