Mission, Vision, & Values
The mission of the SPD is to provide and maintain, as much as practicable, a feeling of security and safety among all persons within our legal jurisdiction. It is critical that all members understand and support our mission. Mission is the legitimate basis for existence and is the basis for our profession's ethics, goals, objectives, rules, regulations, operating policies, procedures, and practices.
Mission is functionally defined by the power granted to us by legislated authority and the demand for the police service from our public. It is the direct and ultimate responsibility of the administrative head to interpret public demands and, within budgeted resources, provide for the best possible delivery of our services.
The nature of public safety and security forces are varied. Examples include but are not limited to: equal, equitable, and fair enforcement of laws; arrest of persons suspected of violating laws and ordinances; public relations contracts; and the personal demeanor, conduct and image of our personnel, on duty as well as off duty. These services and the perception we created while engaged in these services, are functionally defined, made real, and ultimately judged by the nature of our activities we engage in as well as how we appear while engaged in these activities.
In summary, our mission is to deliver a service as well as a perception of service, i.e. feeling of safety and security. The authority by which this agency operates, and the resources provided, are in affirmation of the public's trust. Each employee must be cognizant that the misuse or inefficient use of these resources leads to citizen apathy, alienation, and eventually the loss of public confidence and authority.