The mission of the Berea Police Department is to affirmatively promote, preserve, and provide as much as is practicable given current available resources, a feeling of security and safety among all persons within our jurisdiction. It is critical that all members understand and support the mission of this Department. Our mission gives us our legitimate basis to exist and forms the basis of our professional ethics, rules, regulations, operating policies, procedures, and practices.
The mission is functionally defined by the powers established by legislated authority as well as the demands the public makes upon us for services. Defining the mission is the direct and ultimate responsibility of this administration to interpret public demands and, within budgeted resources, provide for the best possible delivery of these services.
Service delivery as well as the perception created while engaging in these services (off duty as well as on duty) are functionally defined, made real, and ultimately judged by the nature of activities we engage in as well as how we appear while engaged in such activities. In summary, our mission is to deliver effective and efficient services as well as to promote a perception of being effective and efficient in the way we deliver services (i.e., feeling of safety and security).
The authority by which we currently operate and the resources we are granted are an affirmation of the public's trust that we will uphold our mission. Each employee must constantly be aware that misuse, ineffective use, or inefficient use of these resources and the public's trust leads to citizen apathy, alienation and eventually the loss of public confidence and our authority to exist as a public service organization.
Chief Mark Schultz