The Importance Of Mission Statement In A Police Department

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When thinking about a Mission Statement and what it should have within it there are many things that come to mind. As a community we would like to know exactly what each department will offer to society. What type of values, what type of actions, how will they go about in doing these things, etc? In the discussion it said that “the particular purpose of any criminal justice organization is specified in the organization’s mission statement, which also lays out the policies and procedures for successfully achieving that mission” (South University. 2015) and a couple other main factors that need to be included within the statement are “the purpose and goals” (South University. 2015) as well. Within this assignment we were asked to pick three…show more content…
It shouldn’t be something really long because those reading it will lose interest fast, but it should be long enough to answer those four questions. Lafayette IN: Within the Lafayette department, their mission statement was clear and concise. I really liked before their mission statement they stated “As leaders of the community we will perform our duties with the utmost fairness and respect for all citizens. We will be loyal to our mission and to the community we serve. We will protect and defend the rights of all citizens with dignity, honor, and compassion. We will have the courage to do what is right and to stand against what is wrong, while always applying common sense to the difficult decisions we must make” (IN Mission Statement). It gives an excellent summarization of everything a mission statement should really have. What I would change to make it a little better would be to expand more on how they would make the environment a safer place, like what actions they would take in order for it to…show more content…
There is a saying “actions speak louder than words” and pertaining to their mission statements it really does. In order for the Police departments to build trust within their communities it starts with them being true to their word; and their word being their mission statement and what they will do for the community. This statement can’t be just a saying they use to make the community feel comfortable because than they start to look untrustworthy and the community will start to doubt them. “Law enforcement officers have accepted a position of visible authority within their communities and are held to a tremendously high standard of honesty, integrity, equity, and professionalism” (U.S Department of justice. N/A) and with this comes the responsibility to uphold their word regardless of how they may

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