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While this question was originated long ago in my mind, it gets active again when I was playing 8-bit NES game in an Android NES emulator.
This is screenshot of RoboCop NES game intro:
Robocop Intro
It says 4 prime directives of RoboCop:

  1. Serve the public trust
  2. Protect the innocent
  3. Uphold the law
  4. [Classified]

I want to know this classified directive. I've gone thru memories of its few TV shows, games, comics and movie, but I haven't found it. Have you found it in canon?

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    At the risk of nitpicking 'prime' means first. There can't be four prime directives. – DJClayworth Nov 15 '12 at 17:35
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There is a difference between the movie and the book.

The movie:

According to the script, Directive 4 is defined as:

Any attempt to arrest a senior officer of OCP results in shutdown.

These are the words of Dick Jones, Directive 4's author1.

1. That Dick Jones is the creator of Directive 4 is clear from his words proceeding the above quote: "It's a little insurance policy called 'Directive 4.' My little contribution to your psychological profile."

The book:

Page 140:

DIRECTIVE FOUR: AN OCP PRODUCT SHALL NOT ACT AGAINST OCP'S BEST INTERESTS - AN OCP PRODUCT SHALL NOT ACT AGAINST ANY SENIOR OCP OFFICIAL

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The fourth directive prevented Robocop from arresting or harming any senior executive of OCP (the company that made Robocop).

From Wikipedia:

During the confrontation, RoboCop's previously unknown and secret fourth directive, preventing him from arresting or harming any senior executive of OCP, activates, incapacitating him. Jones boasts to RoboCop about adding the directive to his program and even talks about his role in Morton's murder, and then sends an ED-209 against RoboCop.

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