Mission & Values
The Mount Airy Police Department is committed to safeguarding the lives and property of the people we serve, to reduce the incidence and fear of crime, and to enhance public safety while working with the community to improve the quality of life through a community oriented/problem solving approach. Our mandate is to do so with service, honor, integrity and professionalism, while at all times maintaining the highest ethical standards to preserve public confidence.
To reduce crime and the conditions that create fear and concern over quality of life issues in Mount Airy neighborhoods by building an eclectic group of officers dedicated in carrying out the following core values that are incorporated in our mission.
Values set the core commitments of the department, forming the basis of how members address policing challenges. These values are never to be ignored or violated. They form the basis of policing policy, provide guidance in defining acceptable choices when addressing problems and exercising discretionary authority. In applying these values, it is important to note that process always trumps outcomes. For example, it is never acceptable to violate the law when seeking to achieve a police objective. The police profession has values set forth that serve as a keystone for the foundation designed to help carry out the duties as police professionals. At times, we may be confronted with circumstances where professional value systems conflict. It is in these instances adherence to professional values take precedence.
The core set of values of all members of the Mount Airy Police Department are: