PREAMBLE

The Los Angeles Police Department is committed to serving the community while protecting the rights of all persons.  Consistent with this commitment, the Department's Vision, Mission, and Core Values, in concert with the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics and the Department's Management Principles, reflect the guiding philosophy of the Los Angeles Police Department.

VISION

It is the vision of the Los Angeles Police Department to, as closely as possible, achieve a City free from crime and public disorder.

MISSION

It is the mission of the Los Angeles Police Department to safeguard the lives and property of the people we serve, to reduce the incidence and fear of crime, and to enhance public safety while working with the diverse communities to improve their quality of life.  Our mandate is to do with honor and integrity, while at all times conducting ourselves with the highest ethical standards to maintain public confidence.

CORE VALUES

SERVICE TO OUR COMMUNITIES

We are dedicated to enhancing public safety and reducing the fear and the incidence of crime.  People in our communities are our most important customers.  Our motto, "to protect and to serve," is not just a slogan.  It is our way of life.  We will work in partnership with the people in our communities and do our best, within the law, to solve community problems that affect public safety.  We value the great diversity of people in both our residential and business communities and serve all with equal dedication.

REVERENCE FOR THE LAW

We have been given the honor and privilege of enforcing the law.  We must always exercise integrity in the use of the power and authority that have been given to us by the people.  Our personal and professional behavior should be a model for all to follow.  We will obey and support the letter and the spirit of the law.

COMMITMENT TO LEADERSHIP

We believe the Los Angeles Police Department should be a leader in law enforcement.  We also believe that each individual needs to be a leader in his or her area of responsibility.  Making sure that our values become part of our day-to-day work life is our mandate.  We must each work to ensure that our co-workers, our professional colleagues and our communities have the highest respect for the Los Angeles Police Department.

INTEGRITY IN ALL WE SAY AND DO

Integrity is our standard.  We are proud of our profession and will conduct ourselves in a manner that merits the respect of all people.  We will demonstrate honest, ethical behavior in all our interactions.  Our actions will match our words.  We must have the courage to stand up for our beliefs and do what is right.  Throughout the ranks, the Los Angeles Police Department has a long history of integrity and freedom from corruption.  Upholding this proud tradition is a challenge we must all continue to meet.

RESPECT FOR PEOPLE

Working with the Los Angeles Police Department should be challenging and rewarding.  Our people are our most important resource.  We can best serve the many and varied needs of our communities by empowering our employees to fulfill their responsibilities with knowledge, authority and appropriate discretion.  We encourage our people to submit ideas, we listen to their suggestions and we help them develop to their maximum potential.  We believe in treating all people with respect and dignity:  we show concern and empathy for the victims of crime and treat violators of the law with fairness and dignity.  By demonstrating respect for others, we will earn respect for the Los Angeles Police Department.

QUALITY THROUGH CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT

We will strive to achieve the highest level of quality in all aspects of our work.  We can never be satisfied with the "status quo."  We must aim for continuous improvement in serving the people in our communities.  We value innovation and support creativity.  We realize that constant change is a way of life in a dynamic city like Los Angeles, and we dedicate ourselves to proactively seek new and better ways to serve.