Role & Responsibilities
The purpose of the Police Department is to work within the structure of the constitution, state statutes, and City Charter to enforce all laws, preserve the peace, diminish fear, and provide safe conditions within our city. To accomplish this mission, the department is held responsible for preventive police patrol throughout the entire city, thwarting unlawful activity, enforcing traffic laws to maintain an orderly and smooth flow of traffic and to prevent vehicular accidents, gathering and preserving evidence of crimes, searching for and arresting anyone suspected of illegal activity, locating missing persons, recovering lost or stolen property, investigating accidents, assisting in traffic and pedestrian safety, administering assistance to the injured, providing certain educational and/or awareness programs, and protecting life and property within the city.
The Police Department has 21 full-time police officers, and utilizes part-time officers regularly for additional patrol.
- Bureau of Special Operations
The Bureau of Special Operations is comprised of a specialized group of officers and equipment used to address any additional needs of our community. Within this bureau, the Community Policing Unit, provides specialized community outreach assistance as well as assisting our patrol division. The Police K9 program and Reserve Police Unit are also included in this bureau.
- Bureau of Criminal Investigations
The Bureau of Criminal Investigations consists of non- uniformed police officers whose primary responsibilities include crime scene processing, and conducting follow-up investigations.
- Bureau of Uniform Patrol
The Bureau of Uniform Patrol maintains a uniform presence 24 hours a day. It is the responsibility of the Uniform Patrol to respond to all calls for service, to patrol neighborhoods and businesses, and to conduct traffic enforcement. The Patrol Officers are capable of responding to any emergency within minutes.
Law Enforcement Officer's Code of Ethics
As a Law Enforcement Officer, my fundamental duty is to serve mankind; to safeguard lives and property; to protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation, and the peaceful against violence or disorder; and to respect the Constitutional rights of all persons to liberty, equality and justice.
I will keep my private life unsullied as an example to all; maintain courageous calm in the face of danger, scorn or ridicule; develop self-restraint; and be constantly mindful of the welfare of others. Honest in thought and deed in both my personal and official life, I will be exemplary in obeying the laws of the land and the regulations of my department. Whatever I see or hear of a confidential nature or that is confided to me in my official capacity will be kept ever secret unless revelation is necessary in the performance of my duty.
I will never act officiously or permit personal feelings, prejudices, animosities or friendships to influence my decisions. With no compromise for crime and with relentless prosecution of criminals, I will enforce the law courteously and appropriately without fear or favor, malice or ill will, never employing unnecessary force or violence and never accepting gratuities.
I recognize the badge of my office as a symbol of public faith, and I accept it as a public trust to be held so long as I am true to the ethics of the police service. I will constantly strive to achieve these objectives and ideals, dedicating myself to my chosen profession, law enforcement.