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FROM THE SHERIFF’S DESK VOL 1, ISSUE #2 WEB SITE FORMAT
By Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp
Here, as promised in the first issue of “From the Sheriff’s Desk,” is the Mission Statement for your Christian County Sheriff’s office.
Why are Mission Statements so important? A Mission Statement lists an organization’s general goals, objectives, and plans. It supplies to those who belong to the organization clear and accurate statements regarding the basic nature and intentions of the group, serving as an effective guide to all, especially newcomers to the organization. Mission Statements are also valuable in helping those who are served by the organization to understand the potential benefits and assistance the organization offers them.
Generally, Mission Statements don’t go into highly detailed lists of specific plans, as these are steadily changing in their scope, breadth and accomplishment level. Such details are more often found in Annual Reports or regular publications such as this newsletter.
Please check our Mission Statement to see the thrust and scope of our activities. These elements are all designed to help protect and defend you, the citizens of Christian County.
CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
To achieve the highest level of public trust.
To deliver quality services to all of our citizens.
To work in partnership with the community to deter, reduce, and prevent crime.
To improve the quality of life throughout Christian County.
Support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution and laws of the State of Illinois.
Work in close cooperation and maintain interaction with other Christian County law enforcement agencies.
Establish strategic and tactical methods to attack and minimize the illicit drug trade and underage drinking.
Alert the community to the rapidly growing dangers and abuse of prescription drugs.
Protect our seniors from the increasing threats they face.
Pay special attention to those parts of the county where we are the primary law enforcement agency.
Strive to improve the level of technical knowledge, training, and education among the staff.
Make a top priority of achieving and maintaining exemplary performance in providing the care of inmates placed in the Sheriff’s custody.
Accept responsibility and maintain our accountability to the taxpayers.
View our badges as symbols of public faith and wear them as a symbol of public trust.
To understand that service is the essential purpose of our profession.
To constantly focus on our primary mission – the prevention of crime.
To work with our staff to improve the level of their technical knowledge, training, and education so as to increase the level of their performance.
To maintain the highest level of public trust. Our integrity must never be compromised.
When I asked a few people to review this Mission Statement and tell me their reactions, I was not surprised to hear most of them say that they were impressed by the extent and scope of the duties and obligations listed as our obligations. Truth is, this is the rule, not the exception when supplying our services throughout an entire county.
For example, here is a list of the activities our Deputies dealt with just in the month of December, my first month on the Sheriff’s job:
Processes served (summons, subpoenas, evictions, orders of
Protection, etc.) 148
Criminal Arrests 12
Total on-duty miles driven in December, 2010 by our Deputies 19,194
Total calls for services 550
That’s quite a lot for a month that typically is one of the lighter ones we face in the year.