• We give 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 of 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 collectively act to prevent abuses of the law and violation of civil rights;
  • We are knowledgeable of the law;
  • We promote honesty over loyalty to the department;
  • 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 recognized law enforcement standards;
  • We support and encourage employees in their pursuit of higher education;
  • 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 report and confront employees who violate laws and the basic values of the department;
  • We thoroughly investigate complaints against our employees;
  • We publicly acknowledge and praise employees that excel at their jobs.

Cooperation—We believe that cooperation and teamwork will enable us to combine our diverse background, 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 Kingsville with other agencies and organizations;
  • We encourage employees to socialize with employees and community members alike to promote the reputation of the department;
  • We promote programs that improve the relationship between our members and the community;
  • 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 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 Kingsville. 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, judgment.