The mission of Police Services is to sustain and enhance a safe and peaceful community by providing professional police services in support of the University's mission.
Our guiding principles are a broad philosophy that serves as a basis of reasoning and action to lead our agency in all circumstances, irrespective of changes in our goals, strategies, or leadership positions.
Service to the Community
The traditional model of law enforcement is an Enforcement Model. The police enforce laws, react to crime and respond to emergencies. This traditional model is still common throughout the United States with some modification. The contemporary model is Community Policing. Community Policing is a philosophy of service oriented, personalized policing, where citizens feel empowered to work in coactive accountable partnerships with the police at solving the problems of crime, fear of crime, disorder and quality of life.
Community Policing is typified by the following values:
- Problem Solving
The Five Moral Standards
Police agencies are a shared social resource. They must provide fair access to their services while avoiding favoritism and neglect. All citizens have a right to the services of the police based upon relative need.
Through a social contract with the government citizens surrender some of their own power and freedom to authorize and empower police to act ontheir behalf. Citizens trust their police to use this awesome power with restraint and for the public good.
Safety and Security
Safety and security is the end to which law enforcement is the means. The purpose of living under a social contract is increased security and not rules for their own sake. Police agencies must affect attentive and thoughtful enforcement and avoid unreflective enforcement.
Police agencies are part of a system that includes legislators, prosecutors, judges and other law enforcement agencies. In a system that makes laws, interprets law, enforces laws, decides guilt and exacts punishment the police are called upon for enforcement only. Police agencies must understand their role and therefore cooperate, coordinate and communicate within this system to ensure justice.
Police Officer's must put personal feelings aside when serving the public and avoid the polar extremes of cynicism or over-involvement. Police are often called upon to serve as society's referee and therefore must maintain a non-partisan attitude.