In partnership with the citizens of
Litchfield, to take the lead in improving
the quality of life in the community by
committing ourselves and resources to:
· Enforce the local, state, and federal laws
in a fair, firm, and impartial manner.
· Deliver the highest quality of police
service to the community with the resources
· Perform our duties and tasks with pride,
professionalism, integrity, honesty, and
· Maintain a vision for the future, always
improving upon our past performance while
upholding the time-honored traditions of
duty, excellence, and professionalism.
Officers shall respect and protect the
rights of individuals and perform their
duties with honesty, zeal, courage,
discretion, fidelity, sound judgement and
In carrying out their assigned duties,
officers will recognize that:
a. the ability of the police to fulfill
their duties is dependent upon public
approval of their actions and behavior, and
upon securing and maintaining public respect
b. to secure and maintain the support of the
public also means to secure willing
cooperation and observance of the laws;
c. the extent to which the cooperation of
the public can be secured diminshes
proportionately with the necessity to resort
to physical force and compulsion to achieve
police objectives; and
d. the test of police effectiveness shall be
their ability to coordinate their efforts
with those of other agencies and the public
to prevent crime, traffic accidents or
disorder. That is, the prevention of any
incident requiring police reaction is of
greater benefit to the community than the
best reaction after the fact.
The officer will seek and preserve public
favor, not by subservience to public
opinion, but by constantly demonstrating
impartial, professional service to all.
He/she shall offer friendly service to all
members of the community, without regard to
their wealth or social standing. He/she must
be prepared at all times to make individual
sacrifice as required in order to protect
preserve human life.
The officer will resort to the use of
physical force only when and only to the
degree that is absolutely necessary to
perform a lawful police function.
The officer is a member of the public who is
paid to give full-time attention to duties
which are incumbent upon every citizen, in
the interest of community welfare.
He/she shall enforce the law, regardless of
the circumstances; clearly and impartially
record all facts; testify fully when
required; and not attempt to adjudge guilt
or innocence in fulfilling his sworn duty.