Police Department Overview
The 60’s were a violent period in our nation’s history. The Vietnam War was dividing our country and the drug culture was intertwined with the peace movement. Race relations were reaching a high point of tension that erupted into riots in Los Angeles and Detroit. Within this context, President Johnson formed the Commission of Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice. The final report from this Commission was entitled the “The Challenge of Crime in a Free Society.”
This report was a turning point for Law Enforcement. It resulted in the Law Enforcement Assistance Program that helped to educate our Police Officers and brought Law Enforcement to a new and improved level of professionalism. The reason the Commission entitled its work “The Challenge of Crime in a Free Society” was to point out the difficulty of controlling crime while preserving our freedoms. It is a simple matter to control crime in a totalitarian society.
September 11, 2001, brought this balance between freedom and the need to repress crime to a new level. The question of “How much freedom are we willing to give up to defend ourselves against Terrorism?” is consistently being asked. This brings into focus the importance of the Law Enforcement Profession in today’s world. In order to protect our freedoms, the law enforcement officer of today must be highly trained, intelligent and dedicated to controlling crime and preserving our quality of life. It is within this context, the Northville Police Department has adopted the following Mission Statement.
The Northville Police Department’s mission is to preserve our Freedoms by upholding the constitutional values of our nation, while controlling crime and preserving our community’s quality of life.
To accomplish this mission, the Department has adopted three values to guide our efforts. These are as follows:
The Northville Police Department is proud of its response time; however, we need to provide much more. Being responsive recognizes, at the outset, that police are expected to deal with an incredibly broad range of diverse community problems–not simply crime. It recognizes that the ultimate goal of the police is not simply to enforce the law, but to deal with problems effectively–ideally, by preventing them from occurring in the first place.
ADHERE TO THE HIGHEST ETHICAL STANDARDS
This value means that we will never betray our badge, our integrity, our character or the public’s trust. We will always have the courage to hold ourselves and others accountable for our actions. We will always uphold the Constitution and the Community we serve.
RESPECT EACH OTHER
By establishing a culture of respect, we cultivate good habits that reflect, in the most positive way, upon ourselves and the law enforcement profession. We cannot respect those we must deal with on a daily basis, if we don’t respect ourselves. Ultimately we must treat others the way we would want to be treated under the same circumstances.
Overview of Department
The Police Department provides 24-hour police service, as well as
dispatching fire and emergency medical services. (Please note
that the Police business office closes at 4:00pm.)
In addition to the patrol services provided to the community, the Department also provides other services. Officers provide patrol and some security services to Northville Downs Racetrack.
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