1. Park Rangers will faithfully abide by all laws, rules, regulations, and policies governing the performance of their duties and will commit no act that violates these laws or regulations, or the spirit or intent of such laws and regulations while on or off duty.
  2. In personal and official activities, rangers will never knowingly violate any local, state, or federal law or regulation.
  3. Rangers will not knowingly commit any act in the conduct of official business or in their personal life that subjects the Park Authority to public censure or adverse criticism.
  4. As a park protection officer, rangers will not accept outside employment that will in any way conflict or appear to conflict with law enforcement interests, or jeopardize the activities or mission of the park.
  5. As a Park protection officer, rangers will conduct all investigations and law enforcement functions assigned to them impartially and thoroughly, and report the results thereof fully, objectively, and with accuracy.
  6. In the investigative process, rangers will be judicious at all times and will not release information pertaining to their official duties, orally or in writing, unless in accordance with the law and established policy.
  7. Rangers will accept nothing of value, including favored treatment, from anyone on their own behalf or on behalf of another person. Acceptance of such favors may result in a conflict, or give the appearance of a conflict, with their official duties or effectiveness as a law enforcement officer.
  8. Rangers will abide by all rules, regulations, and policies of the Park, including those relating to health, safety, and technical expertise requirements of their position.
  9. Rangers will use only the amount of force that is objectively reasonable to accomplish the mission of the Park and Park Authority.
  10. Supervisors will not give, and personnel shall not comply with, orders they know to be in violation of criminal laws. Where question or dispute exists over such an order, both supervisor and subordinate will direct the matter to the next level of supervision for resolution.
  11. Rangers must understand this Code of Conduct is in addition to requirements imposed on them and applicable to all government employees as cited in the regulations governing responsibilities and conduct of employees.

Rangers promise to:

  • Maintain themself, their arms, and their equipment in an immaculate state as befits a Park Protection Officer.
  • Keep their mind and body clean, alert and strong, for this is their debt to those who depend upon them.
  • Be loyal to law and ethical principles above private gain.
  • Act impartially to all groups, persons, and organizations.
  • Give an honest effort in the performance of their duties.
  • Protect and conserve the National Park and relevant areas.
  • Disclose fraud, waste, abuse, and corruption to appropriate authorities.
  • Fulfill in good faith their obligations as citizens, and pay their debts and local taxes.
  • Comply with all laws providing equal opportunity to all persons, regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or handicap.

Rangers will never:

  • Use nonpublic information to benefit themselves or anyone else.
  • Solicit or accept gifts from persons or parties that do business with or seek official action from ministry or Park Management (unless permitted by an exception).
  • Make unauthorized commitments or promises that bind the government.
  • Use government property for unauthorized purposes.
  • Take jobs or hold financial interests that conflict with their government responsibilities.
  • Take actions that are or give the appearance of being illegal or unethical.

Rangers hereby pledge to:

  • Abide by an uncompromising code of integrity, taking full responsibility for their actions and keeping their word, adhering to the highest standards of personal conduct and decency.
  • Fulfill their legal and ethical responsibilities in their public and personal life.
  • Conduct themselves in the highest ethical manner toward seniors, peers and subordinates, and foster respect up and down the chain of command.
  • Be honest and truthful in their dealings within and outside the Parks Department.
  • Be loyal to duties by ensuring the resources entrusted to them are used in an honest, careful and efficient way.
  • Make honest recommendations to their seniors and peers and seek honest recommendations from junior personnel. Encourage new ideas and deliver bad news forthrightly.
  • Make decisions and act in the best interest of the Parks Department and the nation, without regard to personal consequences.
  • Care for the personal and spiritual well-being of their people.
  • Show respect toward all people without regard to race, religion or gender.
  • Always strive for positive change and personal improvement.
  • Have the courage to meet the demands of their profession.
  • Exhibit the highest degree of moral character, professional excellence, quality, and competence in all that they do.

Rangers must review and pledge to this Code of Conduct, and recognize that a violation of this code or provisions of the aforementioned regulations may be cause for disciplinary action or removal from the Department.