The principal mission of the City of Dunkirk Police Department is to preserve the rights of citizens and reduce fear in the community through the prevention of crime, protection of persons and property, and the maintenance of order in public places, and to anticipate and respond to events that threaten public order and the protection of life and property.
It is essential all members remember that in the execution of their duties, they act not for themselves, but for the good of the public. They shall respect and protect the rights of individuals and perform their services with honesty, zeal, courage, discretion, fidelity and sound judgment.
Police officers must seek and preserve public confidence by demonstrating impartial service to law, and by offering service and trust to all members of the public.
It is the expressed Policy of this department that police officers will use force only when the exercise of persuasion, advice and warning is found to be insufficient to obtain public cooperation to an extent necessary to secure observance of law, or to restore order, and to use only the minimum degree of physical force which is necessary upon any particular occasion for achieving a police objective.
We hold ourselves accountable to the following principles:
A. Integrity – We will maintain the highest degree of moral and ethical standards by conducting ourselves in a manner beyond reproach in both our professional and personal lives.
B. Fairness – We will be consistent in our treatment of each other and in our service to the community by exercising good judgment, objectivity, and impartiality in our actions.
C. Compassion – We will have the courage to be patient, understanding, and sensitive to the needs of the community and each other, treating all with respect and dignity.
D. Professionalism – We will take pride in providing the highest level of service by being cooperative, well trained, disciplined, and dedicated to continuous improvement.