As members of the law enforcement profession, our “fundamental duty is to serve mankind.” We are sworn to uphold the Constitution. We realize the importance of strong personal character, professionalism, demonstrating compassion in the performance of our duties, building relationships within our communities, and being a symbol of hope for those we serve.
In his May 10, 2017, farewell letter to his employees, former FBI Director, James Comey, attributes similar values of those working within the FBI that make it the “rock for America.” He encourages them to continue to pursue the mission, do the right thing, and protect America by upholding the Constitution.
What judgments can you make about Director Comey’s letter? How would you compare the mission of local law enforcement with that of the FBI? How do you assess the view that the law enforcement profession serves as the “rock for America?
Below is the entire text of Director Comey’s letter:
I have long believed that a President can fire an FBI Director for any reason, or for no reason at all. I’m not going to spend time on the decision or the way it was executed. I hope you won’t either. It is done, and I will be fine, although I will miss you and the mission deeply.
I have said to you before that, in times of turbulence, the American people should see the FBI as a rock of competence, honesty, and independence. What makes leaving the FBI hard is the nature and quality of its people, who together make it that rock for America.
It is very hard to leave a group of people who are committed only to doing the right thing. My hope is that you will continue to live our values and the mission of protecting the American people and upholding the Constitution.
If you do that, you too will be sad when you leave, and the American people will be safer.
Working with you has been one of the great joys of my life. Thank you for that gift.