The Department's Mission and Values

The principle mission of the Blooming Grove Police Department is to service the community by protecting life and property; by preventing crime; by enforcing laws; and by maintaining order for all citizens. It is essential for all members to remember that in the execution of our duties we act not for ourselves, but for the good of the public; we respect and protect the rights of all citizens and perform our duties with honesty, zeal, courage, discretion, fidelity and sound judgment.

Central to our mission are the values that guide our work and decisions and help us to do tribute to the quality of life in Blooming Grove. Our values are characteristics or qualities of worth, they are non-negotiable. Although we may need to balance them, we will never ignore them for the sake of expediency or personal preference. We hold our values constantly before us to teach and remind us and the community of our ideals. They are the foundation upon which our policies, goals and operations are built.

In fulfilling our mission, we need the support of citizens, elected representatives, government officials, and the criminal justice system in order to provide the quality of service our values commit us to providing.

We the members of the Blooming Grove Police Department, value:


We value human life above all else, therefore: 
We give first priority to situations which threaten life; we use force only when necessary; we treat all persons with courtesy and respect; we are compassionate and caring. 

We believe in the principles embodied in the Constitution; we recognize the authority of federal, state and local laws, therefore: 
We respect and protect the rights of all citizens; we treat all persons fairly and without favoritism; we are knowledgeable of the law; we obey the law. 

We strive for personal and professional excellence, therefore: 
We do our best; we have a vision for the future; we seek adequate resources: staffing, facilities, equipment, training, salaries, benefits; we recruit and hire the best; we train and develop our employees to their highest potential; we are committed to fair and equitable personnel practices; we provide organizational mobility; we recognize and reward good performance; we support reasonable risk-taking and are tolerant of honest mistakes; we are receptive to new ideas and to change; we work toward realistic mutually agreed upon goals; we meet statewide recognized law enforcement standards; we lead by example.

We are accountable to each other and to the citizens we serve, who are the source of our authority, therefore: 
We communicate openly and honestly among ourselves and with the community; we understand the importance of community values and expectations; we are responsive to community concerns; we acknowledge our mistakes and are open to constructive criticism; we manage our resources effectively; we thoroughly investigate complaints against our employees; we take appropriate disciplinary action and or remedial action when needed. 

We believe that cooperation and teamwork will enable us to combine our diverse backgrounds, skills and styles to achieve common goals, therefore: 
We work as a team; we understand our role in achieving Department and Town goals and objectives; we share the responsibility to serve the citizens of Blooming Grove with many other agencies and organizations; we strive to understand those who disagree with us; we seek the help and cooperation of others; we seek to resolve conflicts; we rely on community support and involvement. 

We are most effective when we help identify and solve community problems, therefore: 
We work to anticipate and prevent problems; we give a high priority to preventing crime and helping citizens feel safe; we actively seek opinions and ideas from others; we plan, analyze and evaluate; we recognize that crime is a community problem; we listen to problems and complaints with empathy and sensitivity; we seek innovative solutions. 

We are loyal, capable people who care about each other, striving together doing important and satisfying work for the citizens of Blooming Grove and to the general public, therefore: 
We are loyal to our leadership and receive the same loyalty in kind; we believe that management must have the full confidence and unswerving loyalty of each of us to function at peak efficiency; we respect, care about, trust and support each other; we enjoy working together in a team effort and take pride in our accomplishments; we are disciplined and reliable; we keep our perspective and sense of humor; we balance our professional lives; we consult the people who will be affected by our decisions; we have a positive "can-do" attitude; we cultivate our best characteristics: initiative, enthusiasm, patience, competence, compassion, judgement, professionalism and honesty.