No one wants to get busted
In the last years of the 20th century there were times when female officers go out on the street and arrest men who were seeking sex exchange for money. Men naturally live in fear of that happening and they do what they can to avoid such an awful turn of events. But they are miss guided in their attempt to ask questions of presumed officers.This is not true. The truth of the matter is, and you might be surprised to know this, there is no code of honor in terms of dealing with the public. The police are allowed to lie.
The truth about Police officer dishonesty is counterintuitive for anyone imagining a code of honor. However it does make sense if an officer is undercover and Trying to get something done.. Police are allowed to lie. It is a rule. They are not supposed to threaten suspects with harm of any kind. They are not supposed to bribe suspects. But they can lie. “Witnesses saw you at the scene.” Or “we have your fingerprints.” On one episode of Dateline the police told a suspect, “we talked to your mom and she said she wants you to tell us everything.” Logically it follows that undercover officers do not have to admit they are police If questioned. How such an absurd believe became widespread I will never know! If you are like me you thought there was an honor code that prohibits dishonesty across the board. There is an honor code. Officers are held to a higher standard than the general public. They are never really off duty. I would speculate that being a police officer is more of a way of life than a job. I am not sure if they are disciplined for unseemly conduct that’s not illegal, like yelling obscenities at passing drivers
in a fit of road rage. Can they use racial slurs? Join hate groups? Certainly discouraged. I do know that an officer caught committing a crime is supposed to be punished more severely than a civilian. I question if it is possible to get to the truth through lies. But like Pontius Pilate said regarding the prospect of crucifying Jesus over allegations which may or may not be true, what is truth? The take away, don’t get in trouble assuming the cop means it when he says, “be honest so we can help you” A big time lie!