It is the mission of the Camden Police Department to work with all citizens to preserve life, protect property, reduce fear, maintain human rights, and promote individual responsibility and community commitment.
It is important for the public to understand the attitudes our Police Department has as an organization. These attitudes form the basis for our department's philosophy.
- Public trust is the key to improving any police organization.
- Accountability of police officers is the best way to build public trust. Law enforcement must be held to at least the same standards as the general community.
- We must always stand ready to account for our actions and not be offended that we are asked to do so.
- If an officer makes a mistake, he is expected to admit it, fix it, and go back to doing his/her job. We will discipline, but never fire an officer for making an honest mistake.
- Officers can never let their personal feelings get involved in doing their duty.
- Most bad decisions are made when people are mad. Officers must remember that when they are angry, their brain doesn't work.
- Writing tickets is not the mission of the Police Department, but a tool to accomplish the mission.
- Officers are in a help related profession - so they should help people.
- Police officers have the authority to take away a person's freedom, but they never have the right to take away someone's dignity.
- Police officers should not only avoid violating someone's rights, but should stand ready to protect everyone's rights. All citizens are equally important.
For non-emergency calls, dial 803-425-6025. For emergencies, dial 911.