Mission & Values
The mission of the Farmville Police Department is: “To provide a safe and secure community through excellence in public service.” It is the Department’s primary goal to form a partnership with the community to achieve this mission.
It is the vision of the Farmville Police Department to maintain a close working relationship with the citizens, businesses, Longwood University, and other law enforcement agencies to provide professional and unbiased service to the community. This department will consistently pursue advanced technologies while improving our quality of training, and demonstrating innovation and operational flexibility.
All actions undertaken by members of the Farmville Police Department to complete our mission will be based on our core values. Those values are:
- Integrity – We are committed to uphold our positions of trust by maintaining the highest ethical standards as set forth in the law enforcement code of ethics
- Community Safety – We are committed to public safety through community partnerships, preparedness, crime prevention strategies and steadfast enforcement of violations of the law
- Service – We are committed to prompt, professional and courteous service, unbiased and effective in our response to community concerns
- Quality – We are committed to the highest standards of excellence through recruitment, training, teamwork, leadership, innovation, and accountability.
LAW ENFORCEMENT CODE OF ETHICS
The policy of the Farmville Police Department is to ensure that all members maintain an exemplary standard of personal integrity and ethical conduct in their relationship with other members and the community. The recognition that our primary responsibility is to the community requires the understanding that police powers are limited and police action, in whatever form, must be accountable to the community. Our Code of Conduct policy states that sworn personnel shall adopt as their standard of behavior, the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics.
LAW ENFORCEMENT CODE OF ETHICS
“As a law enforcement officer, my fundamental duty is to serve the community; 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 people to liberty, equality, and justice.
I will keep my private life unsullied as an example to all and will behave in a manner which does not bring discredit to me or my agency. I will 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, political beliefs, aspirations, 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 as long as I am true to the ethics of the police service. I will never engage in acts of bribery nor will I condone such acts by other police officers. I will cooperate with all legally authorized agencies and their representatives in the pursuit of justice.
I know that I alone am responsible for my own standard of professional performance and will take every opportunity to enhance and improve my level of knowledge and competence.
I will constantly strive to achieve these objectives and ideals, dedicating myself before God to my chosen profession . . . LAW ENFORCEMENT.” (IACP 1991)