Vision and Core Values
The Crawford Police Department shall provide the finest and most professional police department to the residents of and visitors to the Town. We will work in unison with the community and other law enforcement agencies. We shall demand of ourselves the highest standards of honesty and integrity as we uphold all laws for which we are responsible.
We are committed to preventing crime and protecting life and property; preserving peace, order and safety; enforcing laws and ordinances and safeguarding constitutional guarantees. We recognize that our employees are our most valued assets and we recognize that diversity is strength.
By utilizing the most extensive education and technology available, the Crawford Police Department will faithfully serve the people of the Town of Crawford to the best of our ability with steadfast honor and dedication.
Human Life – We value human life as our most precious resource.
In all aspects of our operations, we place our highest priority on the protection of life. This belief is manifested in two ways. First, the allocation of resources and the response to demands for service must give top priority to those situations, which threaten life. Second, even though society authorizes the police to use deadly force, the use of such force must not only be justified under law, but must be consistent with the philosophy of rational and humane social control.
Public Trust – We value the public’s trust.
Citizens, having given up their right to enforce their rights, have invested in their police, their highest level of trust. We, in turn, entered into a contractual agreement with society to uphold that trust. We recognize expectations that we are competent; will abide by Constitution and law; will not abuse our power and will not use our offices for personal or private gain. The manner in which we treat our citizens, our conduct and actions, both individually and collectively are based upon the high value we place on the public’s trust.
Integrity – We value our integrity.
We understand that each of us represents not only our Department but also the law enforcement profession and government. We are committed to uphold our positions of trust by maintaining the highest ethical standards and demonstrated practices and policies forged by consideration of morally relevant reasons. We acknowledge and accept that our individual conduct, both on and off duty, must be beyond reproach. Our conduct is the same, even when no one is watching.
Professionalism – We value professionalism.
We are committed to professionalism in all aspects of our operations. Our role is to serve our citizens. We acknowledge that as a professional organization, we must police ourselves. We therefore subscribe and agree to maintain a system to promote the highest level of discipline among our members.