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Mission Statement

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Our Mission

The Dare County Sheriff's Office primary mission is the protection of the lives and property of the citizens of, and visitors to, Dare County. To that end, we will deliver professional, effective, and responsive law enforcement, detention, court security and communications services. Our approach to these duties will be community based. We will make ourselves available to respond to citizen needs. The Dare County Sheriff’s Office will serve all people with respect, fairness and sensitivity. We will accomplish this mission with integrity, honor and commitment. 
We will provide a fair, stable and friendly working environment for our deputies, detention officers, telecommunicators and clerical staff. We will cultivate good working relationships with other public and private service organizations. Together, we will endeavor to make every contact with the public one that places us in close partnership with our citizens and visitors. We will do our part to make Dare County a better, safer, place to live, work, and visit.

Law Enforcement Code of Ethics

As a Law Enforcement Officer, my fundamental duty is to serve mankind; to safeguard lives and property; to protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation, and the peaceful against violence or disorder; and to respect the Constitutional right of all men to liberty, equality and justice.

I will keep my private life unsullied as an example to all; maintain courageous calm in the face of danger, scorn or ridicule; develop self-restraint; and be constantly mindful of the welfare of others. Honest in thought and deed in both my personal and official life. I will be exemplary in obeying the laws of the land and the regulations of my department. Whatever I see or hear of a confidential nature or that is confided to me in my official capacity will be kept ever secret unless revelation is necessary in the performance of my duty.

I will never act officiously or permit personal feelings, prejudices, animosities or friendships to influence my decisions. With no compromise for crime and with relentless prosecution of criminals, I will enforce the law courteously and appropriately without fear or favor, malice or ill will, never employing unnecessary force or violence and never accepting gratuities.

I recognize the badge of my office as a symbol of public faith, and I accept it as a public trust to be held so long as I am true to the ethics of the police service. I will constantly strive to achieve these objections and ideals, dedicating myself before God to my chosen profession...Law Enforcement