Since policing has become so controversial around the country, I often wonder if we have lost our way as a profession. We at the AHPD can’t change the world though – we can only do our best in our small corner of the world. Our best means of keeping our focus and paying attention to the details that our community wants from us. We have a well developed mission statement which gives us focus, balance and direction. The mission tells you what we are trying to do when we come to work. The values tell you our beliefs which we hold in common and endeavor to put into practice. The values guide us in performing our work.
It is an excellent statement, in my opinion. I didn’t write it — I didn’t even work here when it was developed. Back in about 1993 my predecessor, Chief John L. Dalton, wanted to bring about major change in the direction of the department. He included his command staff and brought in a consultant who worked with them to craft their statement. I was hired as deputy chief of police in January 1994 and was immediately taken with the statement of mission and values. It was a strong statement and one that also expressed my personal beliefs about policing. So I have done my best to keep it going. I use it (or tried to use it) in hiring, training, promotion, disciplinary actions and I encourage others here to use it. In the last week I reviewed the presentation of a young sergeant at a command school he was attending – and he quoted our value statement as part of his presentation–in particular the part about service. Much is being written and said in our profession about things like constitutional policing and human rights of late–and those terms were used in our mission statement more than 20 years ago.
Policing today is so very controversial. And police officers sometimes wonder what is the right direction. Through the mission and values we have announced our beliefs to the world about what kind of an organization we want to be and what we want to do everyday when we come to work. It tells you what you need to know about us.
The Auburn Hills Police Department’s Mission is to continually improve the safety and quality of life within our community through a broad base of traditional innovative services, while protecting constitutional and basic human rights. All members of this Department will at all times stand accountable for their conduct.
Let it be recognized that the Auburn Hills Police Department is made up of individuals with various backgrounds and experience who have joined together with the shared belief that the values expressed herein shall be conspicuous…
We value, and are dedicated to, honest, loyal, and truthful behavior. We believe in the basic human right of all people to be treated equally, with dignity, courtesy and respect under all circumstances.
We value all who demonstrate self motivation, pride in work, performance, patience and a willingness to cooperate with others.
We value service as the foundation of this Department. Striving for excellence, using efficiency as our guide, emphasizing that the only service which we will not perform is poor service.
We value a positive work environment which is safe, conducive to creativity and innovation, with opportunities for individual and collective growth, development, recognition and reward.
Pretty cool stuff, don’t you agree?