Mission and Values

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Our Mission

To protect life, property and liberty while providing excellent service and developing problem solving partnerships within the community.

Our Vision

We will strive to always exceed the expectations of those we serve, focus on being positive and optimistic, and treat everyone with the highest level of professionalism.

Our Values

We, the members of the Manhattan Beach Police Department, are committed to providing quality service to the community of Manhattan Beach.

We believe that each one of us makes the difference between a good organization and an excellent one and have agreed upon the following as our organizational values.

WE VALUE TRUST
We believe our actions should be reliable, dependable, and consistent.
We are committed to uncompromised integrity in all our actions.
We strive for a record of trust, fairness, and approachability.

WE VALUE HONESTY
We believe honesty is fundamental to effective delivery of law enforcement services.
We will strive to treat our clients and each other in a straightforward manner with an attitude of fairness.
We are committed to uncompromised honesty in all our actions.

WE VALUE INTEGRITY
We believe that integrity is basic to the accomplishment of our mission.
We recognize that both personal and organizational integrity is essential to the maintenance of this department.
We will be honest, open, and fair in our dealing with others.
We accept responsibility for our action and are willing to admit to mistakes and strive to build credibility by our behavior.
We respect individual, as well as community diversity, while maintaining the public trust.

WE VALUE PROFESSIONALISM
We strive for excellence in everything we do.
We expect hard work and a clear sense of commitment from all members of our department.
We believe it is our job to prevent, report, and investigate crime, without compromise, while protecting the rights of everyone,
We will enforce the laws of the land in conformance with departmental regulations.
We believe all members must strive to ensure their actions are always professional and in the best interest of the community and the department they serve.

WE VALUE TEAMWORK
We recognize teamwork as essential to a successful organization.
We believe that use of collective knowledge and abilities enhances the opportunity to reach our potential.
We will encourage independent action and initiative with the recognition that our success as an organization is realized through cooperative effort.

WE VALUE LOYALTY
We must be loyal to our oath of office, the department as a whole, all its members and the divisions, bureaus, and shifts to which we are assigned.
We believe that personal loyalty to our profession is a necessary ingredient to a successful and rewarding career.

WE VALUE PRIDE
We are proud of the community we serve.
We are proud of the service we provide the public.
We are proud of the Manhattan Beach Police Department and its members.

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 men to liberty, equality and justice.

I will keep my private life unsullied as an example to all and will behave in a manner that 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 law 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 so long as I am true to the ethics of the police service.

I will constantly strive to achieve these objectives and ideals, dedicating myself before God to my chosen profession...law enforcement. I will never engage in acts of corruption or 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 reasonable opportunity to enhance and improve my level of knowledge and competence.