Vision Statement

We will aspire to be a leader in policing, a model for character, innovation, and service. We will strive to protect our diverse and dynamic community and will work in partnership with residents to promote public safety, reduce crime, and improve the overall quality of life enjoyed by our citizens. We will professionally execute our role as law enforcement officers and public servants with fairness, integrity, compassion, and respect for the rights of all individuals. Together, we will resolve to develop a creative, forward-thinking workforce, dedicated to raising our level of excellence to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

We will work diligently and tirelessly to continually improve ourselves. Partnerships and collaboration will be the primary themes of building a new strategic plan for our police department. This plan will serve as a living document through which we will both establish and prioritize the goals and objectives of our organization and will also assist us in overcoming the challenges that we currently face. Ultimately, this plan will serve as our road map to the future by focusing us on those things that unify our efforts in fulfilling our mission and achieving our vision.

We will work together as an organization and be ever-cognizant that our effort to improve public safety and the quality of life for our community is our top priority. We will be undeterred in serving the public with the highest degree of professionalism, accountability, and fairness. We will maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of our organization through strategic alignment of our resources in a manner that best achieves our mission.

In the next week, the deputy chiefs and I will be organizing a team of representatives, selected by you, from the various units and sections of the police department. The task of this workgroup will be to improve trust and rapport across the entire organization by engaging in open and honest dialogue while also working to develop a shared commitment in furthering the activities that we already do well while also working to identify, reduce, and eliminate those conditions, issues, or structures that impede us in progressing.

Sincerely,

Chief Lee W. Russo