Code of Ethics / Mission Statement

CODE OF ETHICS

1:5.1 All employees shall read and abide by the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics.


1:5.2 AS A LAW ENFORCEMENT EMPLOYEE, my fundamental duty is to serve the community; 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 to liberty, equality and justice.


I WILL keep my private life unsullied as an example to all and will behave in a manner that does not bring discredit to me or to my agency. I will 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 both in my personal and official life, I will be exemplary in obeying the law and the regulations of my department. Whatever I see or hear of a confidential nature or that is confided to 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, political beliefs, aspirations, 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 or 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 I accept it as a public trust to be held so long as I am true to the ethics of police service. I will never engage in acts of corruption or bribery, nor will I condone such acts by other police officers. I will cooperate with all legally authorized agencies and their representatives in the pursuit of justice. I know that I alone am responsible for my own standard of professional performance and will take every reasonable opportunity to enhance and improve my level of knowledge and competence. I will constantly strive to achieve these objectives and ideals, dedicating myself to my chosen profession…LAW ENFORCEMENT.


MISSION STATEMENT AND CORE VALUES


The mission of the Bayonne Police Department is to provide effective police services through actions designed to prevent crime and the fear of crime, while maintaining order and encouraging respect for the rule of law by its proper and fair enforcement. The department remains determined to perform these services in an efficient, effective and courteous manner, consistent with statutory authority, available resources and professional skills.

The Bayonne Police Department recognizes its members as its most valuable resource, and strives to maintain the highest level of public service through community partnerships, committed leadership, effective supervision, career development and continuous training.


 

CORE VALUES


HONOR: The Bayonne Police Department is committed to upholding the honor of the policing profession by providing honest and faithful service to all who may be in need of police assistance.


SERVICE: The Bayonne Police Department shall ensure that customer service remains our highest priority. We are committed to providing competent, courteous and professional police service.


DUTY: We shall not deviate from our oath of office, or depart from the standards of professional police conduct. We shall obey the law, and enforce it without any consideration of class, color, sexual orientation, creed, religion or any other distinguishing characteristic.