NEWBERN
POLICE DEPARTMENT
MISSION STATEMENT


"These are the values our police department hold dear"


The Newbern Police Department exists to serve the community by protecting life and property; by preventing crime; by enforcing the laws; and by maintaining order for all citizens. Central to our mission are the values that guide our work and decisions and help us contribute to the quality of life in Newbern.

Our values are characteristics or qualities of worth. They are non-negotiable. Although we may need to balance them, we will never ignore them for the sake of expediency or personal preference. We hold our values constantly before us to teach and remind us and the community we serve of our ideals. They are the foundation upon which our policies, goals, and operations are built.

In fulfilling our mission, we need the support of citizens, elected representatives, and city officials in order to provide the quality of service our values commit us to providing.

We, the men and women of the Newbern Police Department, value:

HUMAN LIFE ACCOUNTABILITY
INTEGRITY COOPERATION
LAWS AND CONSTITUTION PROBLEM SOLVING
EXCELLENCE OURSELVES

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Human Life:
We value humal life above all else.
Therefore:

  • We give first priority to situations which threaten life;
  • We use force only when necessary;
  • We treat all persons with courtesy and respect;
  • We are compassionate and caring.

Integrity:
We believe integrity is the basis for community trust.
Therefore:

  • We are honest and truthful;
  • We are consistent in our beliefs and actions;
  • We hold ourselves to high standards of moral and ethical conduct;
  • We are role models for the community.

Laws and Constitution:
We believe in the principles embodied in our Constitution.
We recognize the authority of federal, state and local laws.
Therefore:

  • We respect and protect the rights of all citizens;
  • We treat all persons fairly and without favoritism;
  • We are knowledgeable of the law;
  • We obey the law.

Excellence:
We strive for personal and professional excellence.
Therefore:

  • We do our best;
  • We have a vision for the future;
  • We seek adequate resources: staffing, facilities, equipment, training, salaries, benefits;
  • We recruit and hire the best people;
  • We train and develop our employees to their highest potential;
  • We are committed to fair and equitable personnel practices;
  • We provide organizational mobility;
  • We recognize and reward good performance;
  • We support reasonable risk-taking and are tolerant of honest mistakes;
  • We are receptive to new ideas and to change;
  • We work toward realistic, mutually-agreed-upon goals;
  • We meet nationally recognized law enforcement standards;
  • We lead by example.

Accountability:
We are accountable to each other and to the citizens we serve, who are the source of our authority.
Therefore:

  • We communicate openly and honestly among ourselves and with the community;
  • We understand the importance of community values and expectations;
  • We are responsive to community concerns;
  • We acknowledge our mistakes and are open to constructive criticism;
  • We manage our resources effectively;
  • We thoroughly investigate complaints against our employees.

Cooperation:
We believe that cooperation and teamwork will enable us to combine our diverse backgrounds, skills, and styles to achieve common goals.
Therefore:

  • We work as a team;
  • We understand our role in achieving Department and City goals and objectives;
  • We share our responsibility to serve the citizens of Newbern with many other agencies and organizations;
  • We strive to understand those who disagree with us;
  • We seek the help and cooperation of others;
  • We seek to resolve conflicts;
  • We rely on community support and involvement.

Problem-Solving:
We are most effective when we help identify and solve community problems.
Therefore:

  • We work to anticipate and prevent problems;
  • We give a high priority to preventing crime and helping citizens feel safe;
  • We actively seek opinions and ideas from others;
  • We plan, analyze, and evaluate;
  • We recognize that crime is a community problem;
  • We listen to problems and complaints with empathy and sensitivity;
  • We seek innovative solutions.

Ourselves:
We are capable, caring people who are doing important and satisfying work for the citizens of Newbern.
Therefore:

  • We respect, care about, trust, and support each other;
  • We enjoy our work and take pride in our accomplishments;
  • We are disciplined and reliable;
  • We keep our perspective and sense of humor;
  • We balance our professional and personal lives;
  • We consult the people who will be affected by our decisions;
  • We have a positive, "can do" attitude;
  • We cultivate our best characteristics: initiative, enthusiasm, creativity, patience, competence, judgement.
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