Mission Statement & Goals

Department Mission Statement
Our mission, as a nationally accredited law enforcement agency, is to form partnerships with law abiding persons which result in every neighborhood being safer as residents enjoy a higher quality of life. Our vision is to eliminate crime, the fear of crime, and general disorder in our communities. Our values include respecting the dignity and worth of all people as we establish ethically based problem-solving partnerships with our neighborhood residents and the community at large.

Therefore, our budget service plan is designed to reduce victimization throughout our venue, to ensure implementation of quality leadership and problem-solving principles, and to adhere to the rule of law.

Community-Oriented Policing
The Athens-Clarke County Police Department has adopted community-oriented policing, the SARA model of problem-solving, and problem-orienting policing approaches as our key management tools and operational philosophies. Community-oriented policing is law enforcement's mirroring of changes ongoing throughout the country. Community-oriented policing embodies law enforcement's response to the growing concern of citizens that government play a more responsive role in addressing the quality of life issues affecting our communities.

Community-oriented policing is a management and operational philosophy of full-service, personalized policing where the same officer patrols and works in the same area on a permanent basis, from a decentralized place, working in a proactive partnership with citizens to identify and solve problems.

Department Goals
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