CORRECTIONAL OFFICER'S CREED
To speak sparingly ... to act not to
argue ... to be in authority through personal presence ... to correct without
nagging ... to speak with the calm voice of certainty... to see everything, know
what is significant and what not to notice ... to be neither insensitive to
distress nor so distracted by pity as to miss what must elsewhere be seen...
To do neither that which is unkind nor
self-indulgent in its misplaced charity .. never to obey the impulse or to
tongue lash that silent insolence which in times past could receive the lash ...
to be both firm and fair .. to know I cannot be fair simply by being firm, nor
firm simply by being fair...
To support the reputations of
associates and confront them without anger, should they stand short of
professional conduct ... to reach for knowledge of the continuing mysteries of
human motivation ... to think; always to think ... to be dependable ... to be
dependable first to my charges and associates, and thereafter to my duty as
employee and citizen ... to keep fit ... to keep forever alert ... to listen to
what is meant as well as what is said with words and with silences...
To expect respect from my charges and
my superiors yet never to abuse the one for abuses from the other ... for eight
hours each working day to be an example of the person I could be at all times
... to acquiesce in no dishonest act ... to cultivate patience under boredom and
calm during contusion ... to understand the why of every order I take or give...
To hold freedom among the highest
values though I deny it to those I guard ... to deny it with dignity in my
example they find not reason to lose their dignity ... to be prompt ... to be
honest with all who practice deceit that they not find in me excuse for
themselves ... to privately face down my fear that I not signal it ... to
privately cool my anger that I not displace it on others ... to hold in
confidence what I see and hear which by the telling could harm or humiliate to
no good purpose ... to keep my outside problems outside ... to leave inside that
which should stay inside... to do my duty.
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