Mission Statement & Code of Ethics

The Canon of Ethics may be downloaded here  

Mission Statement
It is the mission of the Calloway County Sheriff’s Office to deliver professional, effective services, fairly and ethically, at all times, to all people, in order to prevent crime, control crime, and enhance the overall quality of life for citizens of Calloway County and visitors to our community. We will encourage and promote community involvement on all levels to achieve these ends.

Code of Ethics
As a Peace Officer, my fundamental duty is to serve mankind; to safeguard lives and property; to protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation, and the peaceful against violence or disorder; and to respect the Constitutional rights of all men to liberty, equality and justice.

I will keep my private life unsullied as an example to all; maintain courageous calm in the face of danger, scorn, or ridicule; develop self-restraint; and be constantly mindful of the welfare of others. Honest in thought and deed in both personal and official life, I will be exemplary in obeying the laws of the land and the regulations of my department. Whatever I see or hear of a confidential nature or that is confided in me in my official capacity will be kept ever secret unless revelation is necessary in the performance of my duty.

I will never act officiously or permit personal feelings, prejudices, animosities or friendships to influence my decisions. With no compromise for crime and with relentless prosecution of criminals, I will enforce the law courteously and appropriately without fear or favor, malice or ill will, never employing unnecessary force or violence and never accepting gratuities.

I recognize the badge of my office as a symbol of public faith, and I accept it, as a public trust to be held so long as I am true to the ethics of the police service. I will constantly strive to achieve these objectives and ideals, dedicating myself before God to my chosen profession — law enforcement.

Value Statement

Ethical Behavior and Accountability:
We will perform our duties with an unwavering commitment to integrity, professionalism and dependability. We will be accountable to those we serve for our decisions and actions.

We embrace honesty and openness with the community as vital to securing the public’s trust. Without reservation, we will adhere to a code of conduct that promotes truthfulness and straightforwardness.

We are committed to the fair and impartial enforcement of all laws. We value treating all persons equitably and without bias, with the highest regard for individual and constitutional rights.

Respect for All People:
We are committed to justice, equal treatment of individuals, tolerance for and acceptance of diversity by demonstrating respect for human dignity and rights.

Community is Important:
We are committed to a police-community partnership on providing the delivery of law enforcement services. We will accept a leadership role in developing relationships with citizens or our community that foster trust and open communications.