Responsibility to the CommunityWe recognize that a police department's responsibility is to provide a safe environment for all members of the community. We must, therefore, establish police services, which are responsive to community needs. This requires the maintenance of open, viable communications between the community, the law enforcement agency and the Chief of Police.
We must provide a law enforcement service, which is rooted, in our democratic principles: that is a police service which, while responsive to majority needs, ensures the protection of the rights of all individuals.
Responsibility to Governing EntityWe recognize that elected officials, as representatives of the people, establish municipal policies and that chief administrators are charged, subject to constitutional, legal and judicial restraints, with implementing the policies applicable to their jurisdictions of responsibility.
We must avoid any political involvement or partisanship, which could impede or jeopardize a professional and impartial discharge of duties.
We must provide law enforcement services, which maximize organizational efficiency and ensure economy in the expenditure of resources and personnel.
Responsibility to the Law Enforcement AgencyWe recognize the need to conduct ourselves at the highest level of professionalism and ethical conduct: to provide leadership by example.
We will pursue and obtain, when possible, the resources and work environment which allows the members of our departments to perform their stated missions and assignments at maximum efficiency.
We will treat all personnel matters with the highest level of objectivity, avoiding any forms of discrimination or preferential treatment, and we will expect and demand the highest; levels of professionalism from all members of our agencies.
Responsibility to Other Law Enforcement AgenciesWe recognize that professional law enforcement is dependent on the positive interrelationship of all agencies. We need and value full cooperation with other law enforcement agencies in all matters of mutual interests. By sharing collective expertise and striving together, we will advance professionalism at all levels of law enforcement.
We will not involve ourselves in unprofessional conduct toward another agency in any recruitment process that entails more than passive activities to lure a current employee away from an agency.
We will fully cooperate to the extent allowed by law to provide complete and accurate disclosure on the background of any current or past employee inquired about by another agency.