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To provide quality services that promote and protect the well-being, safety and security of all people in our community.
The Olmsted County Sheriff's Office is committed to being an organization that we and our citizens are proud of. Our organization is one in which every customer, either internal or external, is treated as we would want one of our family members to be treated. We are an organization where all employees, regardless of rank or title, have the opportunity to contribute and grow. We are an organization where an employee can advance based upon their merits in addition to receiving recognition for their accomplishments.
To accomplish our mission, we will:
As a Law Enforcement Officer, by virtue of the authority conferred upon me by the State of Minnesota and the local governments by which I am employed, I accept it as my responsibility and fundamental duty to devote my abilities, energies, and efforts to the preservation of law and order; to the safeguarding of lives and property, the protection of the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation and the peaceful against violence. In the face of danger, scorn or ridicule, I will remain courageous and calm. I will respect the constitutional rights of all individuals, regardless of color, race or creed. I will practice self-restraint and understanding in dealing with human frailties, and I will never lose sight of the fact that, as an officer of the law, I am not the master of the people, but the servant of the law-abiding.
In thought and deed, both in my personal and official life, I will strive to set a good example to all by obeying the laws of the land and the regulations of my department. Confidential information divulged to me in my official capacity will be kept ever secret, unless revelation is necessary in the proper performance of my duties.
Ever mindful of the fact that it is better to prevent the commission of an act of crime than to apprehend the wrongdoer after the act has been committed, I will constantly strive to communicate to the general public ways and means in which crime may be prevented.
Without fear or favor, malice or ill will, I will enforce the law courteously, impartially and effectively. Without compromise, I will pursue the perpetrators of criminal acts relentlessly, never employing unnecessary force in making apprehensions and bringing law violators to justice.
I regard the badge of my chosen profession as a symbol of public faith, and I accept it as a public trust.
I dedicate myself to be true to the trust, and I will keep the faith, by upholding the ideals set forth in this code of ethics.
Unanimously adopted by the Minnesota Sheriff's Association in conference at Duluth, Minnesota, December 4, 1973.