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Mission Statement and Values


Mission Statement

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.


Quality Service

  • 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.


Community Partnership

  • 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.