Our Mission and Core Values

“Our mission is to support a high quality of life for those we serve in our community by preserving peace, protecting life and property and providing public safety leadership.  We accomplish this mission by response with compassion, performance with integrity, and law enforcement with vision.”


  • Commitment to the highest standards of honest and ethical conduct
  • Do what’s right, even when no one is looking
  • Many things come and go, integrity lasts forever
  • Adds to one’s credibility
  • Being fair and consistent
  • Strong moral principles
  • Truthful and trustworthy
  • Cornerstone of our profession
  • Displaying the highest standard of personal and organizational excellence through our conduct and demeanor, guided by the “Law Enforcement Code of Conduct.”
  • The ability to handle any situation in the face of pressure, ridicule, scorn or any other adversity
  • Exceptional training standards and continuing commitment to training and growth
  • To excel by having the motivation to acquire new knowledge and share it with others
  • Never ending pursuit of excellence
  • Achieve maximum potential
  • It’s what we are and stand for
  • Accountability
  • Compassion
  • Courage to be leaders in the law enforcement community
  • Courage to be leaders in the Sterling Community, the community we serve
  • Resiliency to maintain the level of service to our community
  • "Moral Courage" : the courage to act rightly in the face of popular opposition, shame, scandal, or discouragement
  • Strength of character
  • Taking risk when necessary
  • Courage to stand up to others
  • Ability to confront fear
  • Strength of mind
  • Endurance
  • True grit
  • Bravery
  • Recognizing the authority we hold and will treat others as we would like to be treated
  • Will faithfully, and without bias, honor our obligations to the community
  • Remaining calm and respectful in the face of ridicule, scorn and adversity
  • Respect of the Law Enforcement Profession
  • Showing empathy and sympathy
  • Being courteous
  • Consideration of others
  • Others before self
  • Steadfastness in getting the job done despite the difficulty, obstacles, challenges or discouragement one faces in achieving success
  • Keep trying/forging ahead, even after failure 
  • Tenacity
  • Persistence
  • Determination
Intentional (actions and decisions)
  • Is shaped by integrity, teamwork and a positive mental outlook
  • Adopts forethought and training to shape excellence
  • Is the confidence to be the masters of situations
  • Sound judgment and decision-making
  • Made by conscious design or purpose
  • Leaves nothing to chance

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