Mission Statement

The mission of the Estherville Police Department is:

to build stronger partnerships with the community

to provide public safety

to enhance community service

and to improve the quality of life while maintaining respect for individual rights and human dignity.

Our Values

We take pride in our department and in our profession.
We are proud of who we are and what we do.

Therefore, we:
respect and protect the rights of all citizens.
Treat all persons fairly.
Know the law.
Obey the law.
Enforce the law.
Maintain and respect confidentiality.

By virtue of our oath of office and our role as law enforcement officers, we are dedicated in a special way to the public's service and therefore carry the public's trust. We recognize we must sometimes put the needs of others ahead of our own.

Therefore, we are honest and truthful.
Are consistent in our beliefs and actions.
Hold ourselves to a higher standard of moral and ethical behavior.
Serve as role models for the community.
And we recognize that our success is dependent upon the trust and confidence of the community that we serve.

We are service oriented. We see this community in a partnership role: our citizens are our partners as well as our clients.

Therefore, we give first priority to situations which threaten life.
We use force only when necessary.
And we treat all persons with dignity and respect.