Palestine Police Department
With P.R.I.D.E., we will strive to enhance the quality of life and will protect life, property and keep safe the community we serve.
We will work in cooperation with our community to proactively address identified areas of needed improvement and to continually provide the level of service and safety so deserved by the community we serve.
COMMUNITY POLICING PHILOSOPHY STATEMENT
The philosophy of this organization embodies the guiding principles and beliefs under which we strive to achieve our vision, mission, core organizational values, goals and objectives. Community policing and problem solving are the core policing service philosophies and strategies of this Department. We believe the men and women of the Palestine Police Department are our most valuable asset and the essential ingredient to effectively and efficiently complete the police mission in the community we serve through our core organizational values of Personal Courage, Respect, Integrity, Duty, and Ethical Behavior (P.R.I.D.E.).
The Department prides itself on the quality of its employees. It is the Department’s belief that providing its personnel with the opportunity to participate in, Decision Making, Problem Solving and Quality Service Delivery, will result in a safer community with citizens who have an enhanced perception of the quality of life. The Palestine Police Department is dedicated to the efficient and effective delivery of outstanding police service.
We believe in the preservation of basic human rights and the maintenance of individual integrity under the rule and spirit of law, which dictates that ends do not always justify means and that punishment, is not the function of the police. We are rather problem solvers.
We believe in providing quality, empathetic, responsive and professional service to the citizens and visitors of our historic community with compassion and concern. We are not now — nor should we ever be — something that divides and separates our community. In fact, we need to be a force that unites and strengthens our community. Additionally, we believe the Citizens of Palestine have endowed us with a public trust.
We work to build cooperative and collaborative relationships with the community that stems from the belief that we share a common goal of creating and maintaining a safer community. In addition to our partnerships with the community, we will continue to build on our federal, state, and local alliances within the criminal justice family. All actions taken by department personnel must be legal, professional, reasonable, exemplary and consistent with the spirit and content of this Philosophy Statement, the ordinances of the City of Palestine, the laws of the State of Texas and the Constitution of the United States.
We at the Palestine Police Department will make every reasonable effort to serve the needs of the media in informing the public about crime and other police problems. This should be done with an attitude of openness and frankness whenever possible. The media should have access to personnel, at the lowest level in a Department, who are fully informed about the subject of a press inquiry. The media should be told all that can be told that will not impinge on a person’s right to a fair trial, seriously impede a criminal investigation, imperil a human life, or seriously endanger the security of the people. In such cases, the minimum information should be given which will not impinge on the four areas and we should merely state that nothing more can be said.
We believe that crime and related disorders are social ills that we as police personnel are incapable of conquering alone. We believe that our responsibility to provide service, leadership, guidance and protection to our citizens, who, in partnership with us, strive to make our city safer and a more pleasant place to live. When the community voices a concern, we will listen and respond appropriately in an effort to solve the problem. We will solicit and support communication and involvement from all members of our community and from all employees.
We firmly recognize our role as public servants and citizens. We should at all times, maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.
We believe that each police department employee is responsible and accountable for their individual actions. A citizen's perception of the police department is largely impacted, if not completely determined, by the attitudes, appearance and performance of our officers. Our employees are our greatest resource, and we must therefore strive to develop our department personnel to their fullest potential with an emphasis on professionalism and accountability.
Police personnel are encouraged to utilize their knowledge of the community and their profession to identify public safety problems and quality of life issues. Department members shall work in partnership with the community to solve problems. Emphasis is placed on the identification and resolution of the underlying causes of the problems.
The Palestine Police Department believes that directing resources toward seeking solutions will provide our citizens with quality service. This service is aimed at proactively solving community problems. We also believe the implementation of the problem solving process will prevent future crime problems and provide a sense of citizen safety and confidence in the police department, while providing job enrichment for its officers.
Proactive team management, open communication and employee input prior to procedure and policy formulation, when possible, are the norm in the Palestine Police Department. Once decisions are made, we realize it is critical that everyone work together as a unified TEAM toward achieving department goals.
VALUES - P.R.I.D.E.
PERSONAL COURAGE - CONQUER FEAR, DANGER AND ADVERSITY
Policing is a calling. We will recognize our fears and put them aside to do what is necessary which mean sometimes we rush toward danger when others flee, and to stand up for other peoples’ civil and Constitutional rights when those rights are threatened. It is a pledge to dedicate our professional lives to serving other people and to protecting those things our citizens hold dearest: life and liberty.
RESPECT --- BE RESPONSIBLE AND TREAT OTHERS AS THEY SHOULD BE TREATED
Our people are our most important resource. We can best serve the many and varied needs of our communities by empowering our employees to fulfill their responsibilities with knowledge, authority, and appropriate discretion. We encourage our people to submit ideas, we listen to their suggestions, and we help them develop to their maximum potential. We will treat everyone as we would want to be treated, even in negative situations. We will be courteous and respectful in our dealings with each other and the public. We will provide fair access, whenever possible, to information that people require to make decisions about their lives.
INTEGRITY –- TRUST BETWEEN POLICE AND CITIZENS
The badge is a symbol — a bright and highly visible symbol — of the authority and the trust that the public has placed in each one of us. We will act honestly, truthfully and in a trustworthy manner at all times.
DUTY --- FULFILL OUR OBLIGATIONS
We will strive to fulfill our duty to the best of our abilities. We will conduct ourselves with self-discipline, professionalism and confidence. We will exercise self-restraint and objectivity in the face of emotions and extreme circumstances. We will always work towards excellence through constant self-improvement.
ETHICAL BEHAVIOR--- CENTRAL TO DECISION MAKING
Ethical considerations are central to decisions involving discretion, force, and due process that require police officers to make enlightened moral judgments. It is important to have the capacity to point to moral reasoning in justifying behavior. We expect our well trained police officers to have that capacity. It is of utmost importance that ethical decisions are made when interfacing with our citizenry.