Mission and Code of Ethics
The Division of Police shall endeavor to promote a personalized, proactive partnership between the Police and the Oxford community to reduce fear and incidence of crime, and to solve contemporary problems with the goal of improving the quality of life for all.
Based on earned trust and confidence, coupled with the highest standards of professionalism and accountability, we envision a police division that totally embraces its values and is committed to working in partnership with our citizens to continually improve the quality of life in Oxford.
As members of the Oxford Police Division, we value:
- Integrity & Honesty
- Dignity & Respect of all human beings
- Loyalty & Dedication to our community, our department, and our profession
- Constitutional Rights & well-being of all persons
- Uncompromising commitment to our oath of office
- The Ideas and Opinions of our citizens, recognizing that their partnership is essential to the accomplishment of our mission
Code of Ethics
As a law enforcement officer my fundamental duty is to serve mankind; to safeguard lives and property; to protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation, and the peaceful against violence or disorder; and to respect the Constitutional rights of all men to liberty, equality and justice.
I will keep my private life unsullied as an example to all; maintain courageous calm in the face of danger, scorn, or ridicule; develop self-restraint; and be constantly mindful of the welfare of others. Honest in thought and deed in both my personal and official life, I will be exemplary in obeying the laws of the land and the regulations of my department. Whatever I see or hear of a confidential nature of that is confided in me in my official capacity will be kept ever secret unless revelation is necessary in the performance of my duty.
I will never act officiously or permit personal feelings, prejudices, animosities or friendships to influence my decisions. With no compromise for crime and with relentless prosecution of criminals, I will enforce the law courteously and appropriately without fear of favor, malice or ill will, never employing unnecessary force or violence and never accepting gratuities.
I recognize the badge of my office as a symbol of public faith, and accept it as a public trust to be held so long as I am true to the ethics of the police service. I will constantly strive to achieve these objectives and ideals, dedicating myself before God and to my chosen profession…law enforcement.
International Association of Chief’s of Police