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CMPA Standards and Ethics

Central Missouri Police Academy
and Institute for Public Safety

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Law Enforcement work is one of the most stressful occupations anyone can have. It is physically demanding, mentally challenging, and requires a strong commitment to ethical behavior. By the time you graduate from our Academy we want you to be physically and mentally ready. We also want you to be a strong candidate for any open position.

Code of Ethics

CMPA Cadet Ethical Standards of Conduct


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.


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. Cadets shall conduct themselves, at all times, in accordance with the criminaland civil laws and codes of the United States, the state of Missouri, and all applicable laws, ordinances and rules enacted or established pursuant to any other legal authority.

2. Cadets 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. Cadets are prohibited from attempting to impersonate a law enforcement officer or infer they have any authority greater than that of any ordinary citizen.

3. Cadets shall not knowingly make any false statement and shall truthfully, completely and impartially report, testify and present evidence, including exculpatory evidence, in all matters of an official nature. Cadets learning of conduct or observing conduct by other Cadets, which is in violation of any law or policy of the CMPA, shall report the incident to the Director of the CMPA as soon as is practical.

4. Cadets 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.

5. Cadets shall not consume alcoholic beverages or chemical substances, while in attendance, except as legally prescribed. Cadets shall not report to class under the influence of alcohol or with the odor of an alcoholic beverage on the Cadet’s breath. Cadets 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 of the CMPA before such event is to take place.

6. Cadets shall not commit any act which, as defined under Federal and Missouri law, constitutes sexual harassment, including but not limited to, making unwelcome sexual advances, requesting sexual favors, engaging in sexually motivated physical contact or other verbal or physical conduct or communication of a sexual nature.

7. Cadets 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.

8. Cadets shall exercise reasonable courtesy in their dealings with the public, CMPA staff and instructors and fellow Cadets.

9. No Cadet shall ridicule, mock, deride, taunt, belittle, willfully embarrass, humiliate, or shame any other Cadet unless such act is part of a prescribed practical exercise as part of the course. Cadets will treat Instructors and Staff with the utmost respect.

10. Cadets 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.

11. Cadets 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.

Dress and Appearance


Hair will be clean, well-groomed, and neat. If dyed will look natural. Hair will not contain excessive amount of grooming aids, touch eyebrows when groomed or protrude below the front band of properly worn headgear.

Wigs and Hairpieces must be of good quality and fit properly. When worn, wigs and hairpieces must comply with the same grooming standards for natural hair.

Visible skin must be free of objectionable tattoos/brands.

All students must wear the prescribed uniform of the day / event. The uniform must be clean and serviceable. Any personal clothing or accessories worn while in attendance must not have objectionable words, images, graphics or other elements.


Hair style should be “military” or “police” style. It will have a tapered appearance on both sides and back, both with and without headgear. A tapered appearance is one that when viewed from any angle outlines the individual’s hair so that it conforms to the shape of the head, curving inward to the natural termination point.

Will not touch the ears and only closely cut or shaved hair on the back of the neck may touch the collar. Will not exceed 1 1/4 inches in bulk, regardless of length and not exceed 1/4 inch at the natural termination point. Will not contain or have any visible foreign items attached to it.

Sideburns will be neatly trimmed and tapered in the same manner as the haircut. Will be straight and of even width (not flared) and end in a clean-shaven horizontal line. They will not extend below the lowest part of the exterior ear opening.

Face and neck must be cleanly shaven. Mustaches or beards are not allowed.


Hair will be styled to present a professional appearance. Plain and conservative pins, combs, headbands, elastic bands, and barrettes similar to the individual’s hair color permitted to keep hair in place.

Hair will not be worn in an extreme or fad style. Will not extend in length on all sides below an invisible line drawn parallel to the ground at the bottom edge of the shirt collar at the back of the neck. Will not exceed 3 inches in bulk or prevent proper wear of headgear. Will not include hair ornaments such as ribbons or jeweled pins.

Nail polish may be worn if it is conservative, single color, and in good taste. Nail polish will not contain any ornamentation.

Cosmetics must be conservative and in good taste.