Sheriff's Department Fraternization Policy

The sheriff's department prohibits unauthorized personal and business relationships between employees and by employees and job related contacts such as suspects, victims and witnesses. Personal relationships include dating, cohabitation and any sexual relationship. Extramarital relationships are strictly prohibited. Personal relationships with inmates and juveniles are absolutely prohibited and cause for immediate dismissal and prosecution to fullest extent of the law.

The sheriff's department will prohibit unauthorized business relationships by departmental employees with community members.  Business relationships include loaning and borrowing money and business partnerships. Employees may hold secondary employment with permission from the sheriff providing the outside employment does not interfere with employee's departmental duties.

Exceptions may be granted upon written request to the sheriff. No exception will be made for any conduct considered immoral or illegal. Also considered will be if the relationship appears to compromise the authority, discipline and morale of the sheriff's department.

The Sheriff's Department will also prohibit all unprofessional relationships which:

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Compromise chain of command.
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Compromise any investigation.
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Cause partiality or unfairness.
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Involve the improper use of position for personal gain.
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Are exploitative or coercive in nature.
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Result in a failure to act officially when action would reasonably be expected.
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Create an adverse impact on discipline, authority, morale or mission accomplishment.

Relationships that appear to violate any of the above standards may also be prohibited.

   

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