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Our Mission

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) provides an appropriate response to citizen and officer calls for assistance to detect, pursue, and apprehend persons who jeopardize the health, safety, and welfare of others. We offer a wide variety of specialized services and information to the victims of crime, other citizens in need of assistance, and the various supporting units of our department.

Read more about the functions of the DPS.

The accomplishment of this mission requires that patrol operations consist of many diverse activities which are directed toward the attainment of department objectives. However, activities such as patrolling, conducting field interviews, arresting criminal suspects, and issuing traffic citations are not objectives in themselves; rather, they are methods of achieving the objectives of protecting the life and property of our citizens.

The Public Safety officer’s function is to enforce the law in a fair and impartial manner, recognizing both the statutory and judicial limitations of police authority and the constitutional rights of all persons. It is not the role of the officer to legislate, to render judgments, or to punish.