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The Southgate Police Department recognizes that its commitment to excellence is founded within the organization’s culture. This culture is based on the attitudes, beliefs, and values held by the Department. The beliefs and values of the Department are simple, yet very important when seeking to create an environment where our core values will be evident in our relationships with the community and each other. Our dedication and strict adherence to these values ensure that we will remain a professional law enforcement agency, dedicated to the service of our community.

These values reflect the principles, qualities, and standards upon which our rules, orders, policies, goals, and operating philosophy are based. Although we may need to balance them, they are non-negotiable and we will never ignore them. 

Our core values are Respect, Integrity, Professionalism, Law and the Constitution, Problem Solving, and Accountability. 

We value human life, safety, and the dignity of people and commit ourselves to treating all people with compassion, respect, and concern. 

We value ethical conduct, honesty, and truthfulness. We do what is right, pursuant to law and ethical standards, whenever we make decisions, engage in actions, or refrain from taking action. 

We acknowledge the duties and responsibilities of our chosen profession, we demonstrate the specialized knowledge and skills we possess, and we commit ourselves to fulfilling our duties and responsibilities by utilizing our knowledge and skills in a manner that benefits our community. 

We believe in the principles embodied in the Constitution and recognize the authority of federal, state, and local laws. We respect and protect the rights of all citizens and treat all persons fairly and without favoritism. 

We listen to complaints and the explanation of problems with empathy and sensitivity, and work with citizens to resolve the underlying causes of crime, disorder, and disruptions of the public peace.

We are accountable to each other and to the citizens we serve. Therefore, we will strive to understand community values and expectations, and will communicate responsibly, openly, and honestly among ourselves and with the community.