Mission Statement

Be better today than we were yesterday.

 

 

CORE VALUES

 

INTEGRITY- Integrity is defined as being honest, moral, upright and sincere. Public trust can only exist with our integrity and respect for one another. The foundation of the Smyrna Police Department is the high level of integrity of its employees.

 

            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.

 

HUMAN LIFE- We value human life above all else.

 

            We give first priority to situations that threaten life.

 

            We use force only when the circumstances warrant.

           

            We treat all persons with courtesy and respect.

 

            We are compassionate and caring.

 

ACCOUNTABILITY- We stand accountable for our own actions.

 

            We acknowledge our mistakes and are open to constructive criticism.

 

            We manage our resources effectively.

 

            We thoroughly investigate complaints against our employees.

 

 

COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS- PROBLEM SOLVING- We are most effective when we help identify and solve community problems. Recognizing the fact that police agencies were established as a result of society’s voluntary limitation of personal freedoms, we encourage and expect the participation of the community in facilitating solutions to problems of mutual concern. We therefore solicit and support problem-solving contributions from all members of this community regardless of race, sex, creed, national origin or social status.

 

            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 and make solutions a priority.

 

            We listen to problems and complaints with empathy and sensitivity.

 

PROFESSIONALISM- Recognizing the changing and diverse needs of the community, the Smyrna Police Department promotes and encourages a policy of professional and individual excellence which is delivered and enhanced by continuing education and training. We are capable, caring people who are doing important and satisfying work for the citizens of the Town of Smyrna.

 

            We respect, care about 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 and judgment.

 

We realize fully that the expression of ideas is meaningless unless actively practiced. The integrity and professionalism demanded of members of the Smyrna Police Department shall ensure the proper, lawful and unbiased application of police powers.