The mission of the Alhambra Police Department is to prevent crime, protect lives and property, preserve the peace and order of the community, and foster positive relationships with the community we serve.
The Alhambra Police Department will be ethical, sophisticated, progressive, innovative, and contemporary in all that it does so that it maintains a reputation of excellence; a reputation in which other organizations and community members view it as a model agency in policing.
Trustworthiness embodies four ethical obligations essential to personal credibility and public trust: integrity (consistency between beliefs, words, and actions), honesty (truthfulness, sincerity, and candor), promise-keeping, and loyalty.
Respect refers to the moral duty to treat all people with dignity regardless of what we think of them personally. There are two aspects to respect: verbal and physical. Respect is demonstrated by courtesy and professionalism. It is disrespectful and unprofessional to use profanity to make racial, ethnic, or gender slurs; to make sexual comments, or to engage in other conduct that could reasonably be construed as rude, crude, tasteless, humiliating, or abusive.
Responsibility means being personally accountable for our choices and executing duties professionally and proficiently. It also means recognizing that our actions matter and we are morally on the hook for the consequences.
Fairness is treating people equally, being consistent, being open-minded, giving people an opportunity to respond to accusations, and making decisions on the merits while avoiding favoritism, bias, or prejudice.
Caring is the heart of ethics and ethical decision-making. It is scarcely possible to be ethical and unconcerned with the welfare of others. That is because ethics is ultimately about good relations with other people. Caring is being kind, compassionate, empathetic, charitable, and forgiving.
Citizenship as an ethical value does not refer to one's residence or status in one country or another. Rather, it speaks to one's duty to be a constructive, law-abiding member of the community who honors the rule of law, respects lawful authority, and abides by the letter and spirit of the law. Being a good citizen also involves meeting civic responsibilities by voting and participating in the processes of democracy. Good citizens also demonstrate a concern for the well-being of their neighbors and help protect the environment for future generations.