Mission Statement and Values
The work of the Fargo Police Department is driven by the principles expressed in our mission statement: "The Fargo Police Department strives to provide the citizens of Fargo quality service and a secure community. We are committed to the professional growth of our officers and department in order to better create and preserve a positive partnership with the community we serve."
- Be honest and truthful.
- Follow through to do the right thing.
- Treat others fairly.
- Recognize that integrity applies to the big and small things; it cannot be compromised.
- Exercise physical courage by reacting appropriately to threats even when faced with physical risk.
- Demonstrate moral courage by doing the right thing even if it's not popular with others.
- Deliver the best possible service; go the "extra mile" for citizens when they need help.
- Become as knowledgeable and skilled as possible.
- Handle all assignments and calls to the best of our ability; be accountable.
- Do not pass our work off to others.
- Take ownership of our successes and our failures.
- Support each other within the department to work through personal and professional challenges.
- Put the needs of others ahead of our own when necessary.
- Present ourselves so as to make a favorable impression on others and to represent the department well.
- Be approachable.
- Treat others with respect.
- Do more than what the job requires when handling complaints.
- Be thorough in how we handle our responsibilities.
- Handle contacts with citizens in a friendly, personable way.
- Be a good advocate for victims.
- Demonstrate compassion when appropriate.
- Be a calming influence.
- Recognize it's okay to become emotionally invested sometimes.
- Let people vent.
- Treat others as you'd like to be treated.
- Recognize and value co-workers' skills and abilities.
- Encourage and acknowledge good work done by others in the department.
- Demonstrate loyalty to the department and to each other.
- Treat each other with kindness and respect.
- Help build each other's skills and knowledge.
- Make it a priority to support and develop new members of the department.
- Work together to accomplish department goals and objectives.
- Share information and resources.
- Be a good resource for others.
- Put the needs of the team ahead of personal needs when necessary.
- Seek out and listen to community feedback.
- Be responsive to community concerns.
- Be willing to adjust or change what we do to better serve the communit.y
- Maximize opportunities for citizen contacts.
- Be flexible and open to change.
- Plan for the future.
- Be willing to think beyond the immediate needs of the department and the community.