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The project logo VBPD Mission Survey

The Virginia Beach Police Department is updating its mission statement and needs your input. Your participation is important because we realize how critical it is to develop a mission statement that reflects the values of our community. In the 20 years since our current statement was written, much has changed within policing and our city. As such, this presents a unique opportunity for you to help shape the organizational mission of the Virginia Beach Police Department for decades to come. Please help by completing this short survey. 

The survey will be open through May 31, 2019. 

Do you live in Virginia Beach?
Yes
96%
No
4%
Closed to responses | 322 Responses
Are you employed in Virginia Beach?
No
54%
Yes
46%
Closed to responses | 320 Responses
Are you familiar with the current mission statement of the Virginia Beach Police Department?
No
63%
Yes
37%
Closed to responses | 319 Responses
When you think about VBPD, what are the top three issues you care about most? Pick 3.
Crime Control
37%
Trustworthiness
28%
Community Engagement
25%
Professionalism
24%
Personal Safety
22%
Accountability
20%
Effectiveness
19%
Training
12%
Transparency
11%
Security of Property
9%
Use of Force
6%
Recruiting, selection and promotion
5%
Staffing
4%
Technology
4%
Collaboration
2%
Closed to responses | 308 Responses
When you think about a mission statement for the VBPD, who should it focus on?
All of the above
78%
Community
19%
Police Department
5%
Police Officers
5%
Closed to responses | 301 Responses

Please read our Current Mission Statement and Core Values:

The Virginia Beach Police Department is committed to providing a safe community and improving the quality of life for all people. We accomplish this by delivering quality police services and enforcing laws with equity and impartiality. In partnership with the community, we reduce crime through public education, prevention, and awareness. In meeting this objective, we demand of ourselves the highest professional standards and dedication to our core values.

Core Values – P.R.I.D.E.

Professionalism:

  • In our actions, conduct, and job performance.

  • Constantly striving towards ever-rising standards.

Respect:

  • For all citizens, each other, and for differing points of view, regardless of age, race, gender, appearance, individual beliefs, or lifestyles.

Integrity:

  • Truthful & honest, deserving of trust

  • Ethical

  • Being guided by the concept of fundamental fairness in everything we do

  • Doing what is right

Dedication:

  • To the organization, each other, our families, and the citizens we serve

  • Unquestionable work ethic

Excellence:

  • In everything we do

  • Seeking to improve and excel, always.

Please pick the three words or phrases from the VBPD Mission Statement and Core Values that mean the most to you. (pick 3)
Integrity
33%
Safe community
32%
Enforcing laws with equity
31%
Partnership with the community
29%
Highest professional standards
27%
Respect
26%
Professionalism
16%
Dedication
11%
Excellence
8%
Quality of life
6%
Closed to responses | 285 Responses
Is the current mission statement too short, too long, or just right?
Just right
65%
Too long
31%
Too short
4%
Closed to responses | 277 Responses

Please read through the following mission statements and then answer questions 8 and 9.

  1. City of Fremont Police: Our mission is to provide “Public Safety through Professional Law Enforcement.”

  2. Boston University Police Department: “We, the members of the Boston University Community Policing Services, are a team of professionals committed to supporting a department philosophy that builds partnerships and empowers its Boston University Community to work collectively in reducing crime and the fear of crime while improving the quality of life at Boston University.”

  3. Los Angeles Police Department: “It is the mission of the Los Angeles Police Department to safeguard the lives and property of the people we serve, to reduce the incidence and fear of crime, and to enhance public safety while working with the diverse communities to improve their quality of life. Our mandate is to do so with honor and integrity, while at all times conducting ourselves with the highest ethical standards to maintain public confidence.”

  4. Raleigh Police Department: “In the spirit of service, the Raleigh Police Department exists to preserve and improve the quality of life, instill peace, and protect property through unwavering attention to our duties in partnership with the community.”

Which of the above statements is your favorite in terms of STYLE?
3
53%
4
28%
1
13%
2
6%
Closed to responses | 276 Responses
What three words and/or phrases from the mission statement above mean the most to you?
Honor and Integrity
39%
Public Safety
35%
Partnership with the Community
26%
Public Confidence
18%
Instill Peace
17%
Professional
14%
Quality of Life
13%
Crime
12%
Service
11%
Diversity
9%
Protect Property
7%
Community
6%
Closed to responses | 276 Responses

Thank you for helping us with this. The Virginia Beach Police Department Mission Statement Communications Workgroup is composed of civilian and sworn personnel of the Virginia Beach Police Department and the City Attorney’s Office. Our objective is to gather input from the community regarding constructing a new mission statement.