The Blue Code of Silence – it could save your life as you know it.
Well, it could save your life, or at the very least your career if you’re a police constable in the US. Let’s say you’ve committed a crime, misbehaved, sold drugs, got involved with extortion, harassed and abused people or misused your job position in any other way. Your career would be over in the blink of an eye. More so, you might even end up behind bars.
Unless your fellow police officers follow the Blue Code of Silence. According to this famous unwritten rule, they will be obliged to give false testimony about your illegal actions, emphatically denying the skeletons in your closet. If your colleagues at the police station are following the code, they’ll be unable to report your actions.
The Blue Code is considered corrupt, yet in many cases a police officer who would describe themselves as honest would be unlikely to break the tradition of standing by one’s fellow officers, even if this meant giving false testimony.