The purpose of the Dartmouth Police Service is to uphold the law fairly and firmly, to prevent crime, to pursue and bring to justice those who break the law, to keep the peace, to protect, help and reassure the people in Dartmouth, and to be seen to do all this with integrity, common sense, and sound judgment.
We must be compassionate, courteous and patient, acting without fear or favor, or prejudice to the rights of others. We need to be professional, calm, and restrained in the face of violence and apply only that force which is necessary to accomplish our lawful responsibility.
We must strive to reduce the fears of the public and, so far as we can, to reflect their priorities in the actions we take, and we must respond to well-founded criticism with a willingness to change.
Human life above all else.
The rights of all persons equally.
Loyalty to the Community and the Department we serve.
Fairness in making decisions without personal prejudice.
Ethical behavior, demonstrated by integrity and honor.
Each other as professionals.
Open communications; from external and internal sources.
Responsibility – to Serve and Protect.