The mission of the West Valley City Police Department is to work in partnership with the community to protect life and property, solve neighborhood problems, and enhance the quality of life in our City. In doing so, members of this Police Department commit themselves in the following core tenets:
1) Protect Life and Safety
2) Preventing Crime
3) Reducing the Fear of Crime
4) Bringing Offenders to Justice
5) Maintaining Public Accountability
6) Providing Excellence in Service
By definition, community policing reflects a set of values, rather than a set of of prescribed technical standards that guide the policing function. Values in policing reflects an orientation by the organization that focuses emphasis on the quality of service delivery, building a supportive and responsive relationship between the police and community, and promoting a supportive and empowering relationship throughout the organization's leadership and rank-and-file.
Ethical behavior is the cornerstone of public trust. For any police department to maintain such trust, it must constantly demonstrate that its partnership with the community will be fair, objective and securely rooted in consistently applied ethical principles. Members of the West Valley City Police Department are expected to demonstrate, through words and deeds, that the best interest of the public is always in the forefront of their decisions.
Therefore, we uphold the public trust by being honest. In doing so, we maintain the highest standards of professional and ethical character.
We are dedicated to enhancing public safety and reducing the fear and incidence of crime. People in our communities are our most important customers. The mantra of "To Protect and to Serve" is more than a slogan - it is our way of life. We will work in partnership with the people in our communities and do our best, within the law, to solve community problems that effect public safety. We value the great diversity of people in both our residential and business communities and serve all with equal dedication.
Therefore, we provide dedicated and compassionate assistance by promoting leadership, cooperation, and creativity. We aspire to improve the quality of life in partnership with the community.
Accountability is a requirement to take action, be that action either legal or moral. It is the impetus to act and be take responsibility. As police officers, we have the legal obligation to serve and protect the residents of the of our city, and the legal requirement to preserve order and uphold the law. However, our obligation extends beyond the obvious legal requirement. For us, there is an obligation to service that is tied directly to our personal honor. We act not just because of our legal authority, but because of our personal duty help and solve problems.
Therefore, we will be responsive to community needs and will always be accountable for our decisions and actions
Fundamental to delivery of professional police service is the fair and
equitable treatment of all individuals. Whether citizen or employee, all must
be treated with dignity and respect.
Fairness means we:
Act consistently with our values and expectations
Let compassion and courtesy guide our actions
Have respect for all people, their ideas and opinions
Apply rules, regulations and laws in an unbiased manner
Treat others as we want to be treated
Therefore, we treat everyone with respect and dignity in an unbiased manner. We protect constitutional rights through impartial enforcement of the law.
In sum, it is through the daily adherence to our core values and organizational mission that will demonstrate our commitment to professionalism and dedication to those with whom we work and serve.